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Geology Rocks at USU's 'Rock-n-Fossil Day' Saturday, Feb. 23

Friday, Feb. 15, 2019


Utahraptor sculpture

'Percy' the Utahraptor, a dinosaur sculpture in the USU Geology Museum, is among attractions at ‘2019 Rock-n-Fossil Day’ Saturday, Feb. 23, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Geology Building on USU’s Logan campus. Admission is free and all are welcome.


USU Geology Building

USU's 2019 Rock-n-Fossil Day takes place in the Geology Building on the USU Quad. Activities include tours of the USU Geology Museum and a 'fossil dig.’ All ages are welcome.

Calling all rockhounds! Utah State University’s Department of Geology invites inquiring minds of all ages to 2019 USU Rock-n-Fossil Day Saturday, Feb. 23, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Geology Building on the USU Quad. Admission is free.

“We welcome the community to join us for a day of science learning,” says Dave Liddell, geology professor and event coordinator. “We’re offering a variety of engaging activities.”

The day’s activities include tours of the USU Geology Museum, which has been recently remodeled and features a 1/3-scale model of a Utahraptor. The day also includes demonstrations of ground water flow, how rocks deform and what rocks look like under a microscope in thin section.

New to this year’s gathering are Geology faculty presentations on the Snake River Plain and the Yellowstone Hotspot, Earthquakes in Utah and Lake Bonneville. Talks on Careers in Geoscience will be presented in English and Spanish.

Guests are invited to bring their rocks, fossils and possible meteorites for identification by USU geologists.

‘Fossil dig’ activities, along with dinosaur cookies, are provided for children.

The event takes place in the USU Geology Building, located at the northeast corner of the university Quad. Free parking is available in the surface lot south of Old Main. To access the lot, turn north from 400 North onto Champ Drive at the Huntsman School of Business, proceed west along the Quad toward Old Main and turn left into the parking lot. Parking is also available in the university parking terraces at 700 E. 600 North and 850 E. 700 North.

Guests can also ride Cache Valley Transit District buses on Routes 1, 4, 15 and 16 to stops on 700 North at the Distance Education Building (eastbound) and the Education Building (westbound). The Geology Building is located about a block and a half south, toward the Quad, from the 700 North bus stops.

For more information, contact the Department of Geology at 435-797-1273.
 


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