Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Earth Science Week

Texas A&M University-Kingsville - 10/15/12 - 10/19/12

Contact: Adriana Garza-Flores
adriana.garza@tamuk.edu or 361-593-4979

The Geosciences program at Texas A&M University-Kingsville will celebrate National Earth Science Week October 15-19 with events aimed at promoting the study of the natural world.

First celebrated in 1998, National Earth Science Week is organized by the American Geosciences Institute in an effort to encourage better stewardship of the earth while placing a spotlight on the earth sciences.

The week will kick-off Monday, Oct. 15, at 2 p.m. at the Pavilion near the Memorial Student Union Building on the A&M–Kingsville campus when Kingsville Mayor Sam Fugate will officially proclaim Earth Science Week. Additionally, samples of rocks, minerals, fossils and geographic information systems (GIS) technology will be on display. Refreshments will be provided.

Phil Dellinger with the Environmental Protection Agency, Region 6 Groundwater / Underground Injection Control Program will speak about low-magnitude earthquakes possibly associated with natural gas and oil activity. His presentation is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, in room 119 Hill Hall.

The geosciences program will host an Open House from 6 p.m.-8p.m. in Manning, Hill and Kleberg Halls Wednesday, Oct.17. The public is invited to tour the geosciences labs and observe GIS, paleontology, mineralogy and petrology demonstrations.

The public is also invited to an astronomy viewing at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, at the observatory in Hill Hall. Items scheduled to be observed include the crescent moon, the Eagle Nebula and the Lagoon nebula. In the event of inclement weather, a video will be screened in room 199 in Hill Hall.

Also in commemoration of National Earth Sciences Week, the program is raffling-off a sample of charoite—a rare, purple silicate mineral found only in Russia. Tickets are $5 and proceeds will benefit a planned boulder garden on campus. Tickets can be purchased in room 113 in Hill Hall. A winner will be announced at 7:30 p.m. during the Wednesday Open House.

This page was last updated on: October 16, 2012