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Earth Science Week continues through Oct. 21

October 14, 2007 -- From MSU News Service

MSU student Meagan DeRaps, left, and Todd Feeley, MSU expert on volcanoes, study St. George Island, Alaska. Volcanoes are one of many things studied by earth scientists. (Photo courtesy of Todd Feeley).   High-Res Available

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Tel: (406) 994-4571
BOZEMAN -- The earth sciences affect everyone everyday, but people don't always realize it, say Montana State University graduate students who hope to raise awareness during Earth Science Week which continues through Oct. 21.

Melody Bergeron and Bob Cruz are coordinating a variety of activities planned by MSU's Department of Earth Sciences. If area residents participate in every event, they will gaze at the stars, watch dinosaur animation, hike mountains, take core samples of cupcakes, and watch a movie premiere. They will also listen to lectures, attend earth science fairs, learn about earth science careers and more. Bergeron, from Connecticut, is earning her doctorate in sediment geology at MSU. Cruz, from New York City, is earning his master's degree in MSU's Science and Natural History Filmmaking Program.

"Earth science really does affect everyone's life everyday. You don't always realize it," Bergeron said.

Some of the week's activities are planned for school children. Events that are free and open to the public are:

Sunday, Oct. 14

10 a.m. -- Hike up Cottonwood Canyon to look at invertebrate fossils in the Madison Limestone. All ages are welcome on this easy to moderate hike.
4 to 7 p.m. -- Watch and discuss the movie, "Jurassic Park." Bozeman Public Library.

Tuesday, Oct. 16

4 to 6 p.m. -- A geologist will be stationed at the top of the "M" near Bozeman to discuss local geology. Meet the geologist by taking a moderate to strenuous hike.

Wednesday, Oct. 17

7 p.m. -- MSU's Thermal Biology Institute will show the new movie, "Invisible Yellowstone" at the Burns Technology Center in the EPS Building on the MSU campus. A reception will run from 6 to 8 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 18

6:30 to 8 p.m. -- The movie, "Supervolcano" will be shown and discussed. Bozeman Public Library.

7 to 8 p.m. -- Lectures by Randy Carpenter and Steve Johnson on "Impacts of the Increasing Population in the Gallatin Valley." Carpenter is a land use planner with the Sonoran Institute. Johnson is superintendent of the Sanitation Division for the City of Bozeman. Room 104, Reid Hall, on the MSU campus.

Saturday, Oct. 20

1 p.m. -- Animated films featuring dinosaurs will be screened, then followed by a discussion of how the representations compare to actual science. Hager Auditorium at MSU's Museum of the Rockies.

Sunday, Oct. 21

10 a.m. -- Meet at the lower gates of Hyalite Canyon for a moderate to strenuous hike to learn about "Hyalite Canyon: Three Billion Years in the Making." Geology and geography students will discuss the visible landscape of Hyalite Canyon.

More details and contact information are available at

In a related event at Butte, the Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology will host an open house from 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, at the Mineral Museum at Montana Tech. The open house will include booths about earthquakes, ground water, minerals, Google Earth and GIS, and the new geologic map of Montana. The open house will include kids' activities and an Earth Cake.

Two talks will begin at 6 p.m. in the adjoining Chemistry & Biology Building. John Metesh will speak about earth science and the Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology. Robin McCulloch will speak about Montana's mineral potential.

Evelyn Boswell, (406) 994-5135 or