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Geology Rocks at USU's 'Rock and Fossil Day' Saturday, Feb. 22

By Mary-Ann Muffoletto |

Rockhounds of all ages are invited to 2020 USU Rock and Fossil Day Saturday, Feb. 22, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Geology Building on the USU Quad. Guests may bring rocks and fossils for identification by USU geologists. L. Schwendiman.

Calling all rockhounds! Utah State University’s Department of Geosciences invites inquiring minds of all ages to its 2020 USU Rock and Fossil Day Saturday, Feb. 22, 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, as well as demonstrations of ground water flow, how rocks deform and what rocks look like under a microscope in thin section.

Guests will enjoy presentations on ancient Lake Bonneville, earthquakes in Utah, fossil collecting in Utah, deep drilling for science and careers in the geosciences.

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

‘Fossil dig’ and craft 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, Logan.

Guests can also ride Cache Valley Transit District buses on Routes 1, 15 and the Loop 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, visit the Rock and Fossil Day website or contact the Department of Geosciences at 435-797-1273.

Guests to USU Rock and Fossil Day Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, will enjoy hands-on learning activities, tours of the USU Geology Museum and a 'fossil dig.' All ages are welcome and admission is free. L. Schwendiman.


Mary-Ann Muffoletto
Public Relations Specialist
College of Science


Dave Liddell
Department of Geology


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