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THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO MADE THIS YEAR ANOTHER GREAT YEAR!
As part of the nation wide Earth Science awareness campaign FHSU Department of Geosciences hosts events and contests throughout the month of October including: Photography Contest, Scavenger Hunt, GeoCaching, T-shirt Design Contest, and Mosasaur Sculpture Contest.
Geosciences Photography Contest - Closed for 2011. Thank you all participants of this year's contest! Winners will be notified by email to provide high-quality images for printing and on how to receive their prizes. Here are the winners of this year's contest:
Please note these images are the property of the photographer and can not be copied, used, or reproduced without permission of the photographer.
Grand Champion - Brad Penka "The Georgetown Loop Railroad seeks to preserve a once prominent form of mountain transportation the narrow-gauge railroad. At the end of the nineteenth century, there were hundreds of miles of narrow-gauge railroads snaking through the Rocky Mountains. These narrow-gauge trains provided the only form of mechanized transportation over the treacherous terrain. ‘Narrow gauge’ rails were only three feet in width (measured from inside to inside of the rails) in comparison to the U.S. standard gauge of four feet, eight and one-half inches. This narrower spacing required less grading along the mountainside and also allowed for a tighter turning radius. Many of today’s highways are built over these 19th century railroad grades. A portion of Interstate 70 alongside Georgetown runs parallel or directly on the former Colorado Central roadbed. At one time these trains carried hundred of persons per day from Denver into Georgetown for both business and pleasure. Today, these trains still carry hundreds of persons each day, but now strictly for pleasure. Nevertheless, thousands of people each day still travel the old roadbeds from Denver to Georgetown in a new form of iron horse, the automobile."
Scavenger Hunt - Closed for 2011. Check back on September 2012 for next Hunt. For FHSU Students Only. The hunt commences during Earth Science Week, with the first half of clues released during Earth Science Week and the second half the following week. Student teams may register to participate any time before the hunt starts.
Geocaching Event - Closed for 2011. Open to anyone to participate. This is a one day Geocaching event consisting of six cumulative caches.
T-Shirt Design Contest - Closed for 2011. Winning entry this year goes to Anthony Luna! Watch for Geosciences students and faculty sporting unique shirts. For current FHSU Students, Geosciences Alumni, or GeoClub members Only. Show the world what the Geosciences Department is all about. Submit your graphic or textual vision of the department. Winning entry will be used on departmental activity and promotion t-shirts.
Celebrate National Fossil Day - Celebrate on the FHSU Campus and at the Sternberg Museum of Natural History!
Traveling T-Rex - Stop by the Sternberg Museum of Natural History (3000 Sternberg Drive, Hays) to check out the golden traveling T-rex. No admission fees required to see this little dino replica who will be in the lobby one day only. If you are participating in any other National Fossil Day or Earth Science Week event this traveling T-rex may be able to help you. The Traveling T-Rex has moved on for 2011, thank you to all those who helped!
Picture Time - Stop by the Sternberg Museum to check out the new life sized Mosasour model in the lobby. You may want to bring your camera along to get a picture with this thematic model.
Mosasaur Sculpture Contest - Enter your very own Mosasaur sculpture for judging by the Sternberg Museum staff. This contest is open for entries from National Fossil Day through GIS Day. Click the link for complete contest rules and information. If interested, please download and fill out contest form.
The American Geological Institute established Earth Sciences Week in 1998 to raise awareness of the geosciences and their importance to society. It is supported by the US Geological survey, NASA, NOAA, the National Park Service, and the AAPG Foundation.
"Like young people themselves, Earth is in a constant state of development. Some changes are fast, like volcanic eruptions and severe storms. Others, like the development of fuel sources and shifts in climate, are slow. Changes are caused by forces both within and without, from the planet’s core to our distant sun. The evidence can be found in everything from drilled ice cores, ozone measurements, and the fossil record.
Because these changes touch all our lives, Earth Science Week 2011 focuses on the theme of “Our Ever-Changing Earth.” To build wider understanding, geoscientists, educators, students, and the general public can study changes in the Earth system—interactions that involve the atmosphere, hydrosphere, geosphere, and biosphere—over time."-Geoff Camphire, Manager, Outreach Programs, American Geological Institute
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