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Contact: Riley Hays, 605-673-8332
Jewel Cave National Monument is excited to host an afternoon of special programs to celebrate Earth Science Week, October 9-15, 2016. An assortment of activities is planned at the visitor center from 1 –4 p.m. on Saturday, October 15. This annual and nationwide occasion encourages the public to better understand and appreciate the Earth Sciences, and it promotes the healthy stewardship of our planet.
Ranger-guided programs will focus on the geology of Jewel Cave, including speleothems and formations within the cave and how they form. Park Rangers will also discuss the continued exploration of Jewel Cave and how to survey and map the various geologic features on caving trips. Topics will further include fossils and cave stewardship. A full schedule is posted on the Monument's website, www.nps.gov/jeca and is included on the Monument's Facebook page, www.facebook.com/jewelcavenps.
Additionally, Centennial Coordinator and Park Ranger Riley Hays will be presenting at the Journey Museum in Rapid City on Saturday, October 15 at 10 a.m. as part of their Earth Science Week programming. She will discuss cave formations and how they form, along with the different types of common rocks and minerals found in Jewel Cave. The Journey Museum is offering many other activities throughout the day, including a presentation entitled GeoClimates: An Intricate Balance by Dr. Detwiler from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.
The American Geosciences Institute has organized this event since 1998. This year, the theme is "Our Shared Geoheritage," which focuses on natural wonders, landforms, and resources that have formed over time for our generations to manage, use, and conserve effectively. A unique natural wonder such as Jewel Cave is the perfect showcase for this theme, and the Monument is thrilled to be a part of it. Other national parks across the country are slated for additional programs.For more information on the American Geosciences Institute and the history of Earth Science Week, please visit www.earthsciweek.org.