Earth Science Week 2014 at the Utah Geological Survey wrapped up last Thursday. Nearly 900 students, teachers, and parents, rotated through science stations at the Utah Core Research Center to experience 90 minutes of hands-on Earth science. The UGS was greatly assisted by dozens of scientist volunteers including people from the Bureau of Land Management, National Weather Service, North American Exploration, Paul Anderson Consulting, Rockhounders Outreach for Community Knowledge, University of Utah, Utah Department of Environmental Quality, Utah Office of Energy Development, Utah Valley University, Utah Water Resources, Utah Division of Oil, Gas, & Mining, Utah Friends of Paleontology, and Weber State University.

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You are invited to join in celebration of the 5th Annual National Fossil Day on Wednesday, October 15, 2014. National Fossil Day is organized by the National Park Service as part of the American Geosciences Institute (AGI) Earth Science Week ( to promote public awareness and stewardship of fossils, with the goal of inspiring the next generation of paleontologists and fossil enthusiasts. On National Fossil Day, scientists and park rangers will share fossil discoveries at special events nationwide and explain the importance of preserving fossils for future generations.

AGI will participate in events to be held at The Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. The program, free and open to the public, will begin with opening remarks from museum and National Park Service officials followed by a gathering of grade-school children who will recite the “Junior Paleontologist Pledge? on the mall steps of the museum. Events at the museum will include a “Wheel of Fossilization” game hosted by AGI — find your favorite organism’s fossilization fate!

In addition to the Smithsonian Institution and AGI, partners supporting this National Fossil Day event include the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Geological Survey, National Science Foundation, National Geographic, Maryland Dinosaur Park, U.S. Forest Service, Calvert Marine Museum, Dinosaur Valley State Park, Chesapeake Children’s Museum, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Several of these partners will have additional fossil-related activities on-site at the museum. To learn more about National Fossil Day, please see

Buckskin Gulch, Kane County, Utah
Photographer: Valerie Davis; © 2013

Canyon walls of Buckskin Gulch, Kane County.

We’ve got some Great Salt Lake trivia for you to end the day on—how many think you can answer correctly?? Check out our “Glad You Asked” article below for the answers.

1. What do Great Salt Lake, the Bahamas, the old Hansen Planetarium in downtown Salt Lake City, the Manti LDS Temple, and Hearst Castle in San Simeon, California, have in common?

2. What does the original Saltair resort on the south shore of Great Salt Lake have in common with the coasts of Indonesia, Thailand, and northwestern Malaysia?

3. What two things do Great Salt Lake, Apollo 16, and northern shovelers and common goldeneyes (ducks) have in common?

Find the answers HERE

photo by Stevie Emerson

The giant sauropod dinosaurs such as Diplodocus and Apatosaurus are familiar thanks to their huge sizes and unique body shapes of a long neck and tail with a tiny head perched on top. Among their ranks were the largest terrestrial animals of all time, and yet an enduring mystery remains: how did so many animals of this size get to be so big?


What does everyone have planned this weekend? If you are near Moab, the Dinosaur Festival kicks off today and tomorrow at the Museum of Moab and the Moab Information Center. Read more about it in this article!

In celebration of the fifth annual National Fossil Day on Wednesday, Oct. 15, people in the Moab area are invited to go back in time Thursday and Friday, Oct. 9 and 10 at the Dinosaur Festival at Museum of Moab and the Moab Information Center.


Day 3 of our #EarthScienceWeek was great! The Utah Geological Survey hosts hands-on activities for school groups during October. Here, students learn a little gold panning history, and pan for some mineral treasures themselves! While no gold was included in the panning station, kids found pyrite, magnetite, fluorite, malachite (a copper bearing rock), and some azurite (a copper bearing rock)!

We had a great second day at our #EarthScienceWeek! The Utah Geological Survey hosts hands-on activities for school groups during October. Check out our Stream Station as students learn about soil erosion.

Mount Nebo and the southern Wasatch Range, Juab County, Utah
Photographer: Adam McKean; © 2013

Good morning friends! How many of you read about Utah’s newest Dinosaur dubbed the ‘Nose King’? Read more about this dinosaur and its prominent nose!

Scientists recently announced the discovery of a new dinosaur, the remains of which were pulled from an area in central Utah.