Get Your Kids Rockin’ with Mineral Kits

13 10 2009

Mount Pleasant, SC, United States, 10/13/2009- Mini Me Geology has launched a line of six affordable rock kits for children.

Mineral Mission is one of several Rock Detectives kits available from MiniMe Geology

Mineral Mission is one of several 'Rock Detectives' kits available from MiniMe Geology.

Several kits are available: Mineral Mission, Igneous Investigation, Sedimentary Sleuthing, Metamorphic Mystery, Crystal Geometry, and Crystal Experiment.

Each kit contains six or seven large mineral or rock samples, a hand-held magnifier and a CD loaded with 30 pages of information about the samples, as well as printable puzzles, games, coloring pages, activities and experiments. Children will become true detectives as they use the information on the included CD to determine the identity of each rock or mineral by performing the activities from the CD. The CD will also teach the children how to make their own rock collection box and field notebook from household items. The Rock Detectives kits retail for $19.99 and are available at the company website.

Mini Me Geology also offers a deluxe line of kits called “My Rockin’ Collections” rock and mineral kits, rock kit storage bags, “School Edition” rock and mineral kits for classrooms, individual rock and mineral samples, and identification accessories.

Source: NewswireToday

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Really on the Rocks

10 08 2009

If you are really serious about enjoying your drinks on the rocks, you might want to try out these soapstone “ice” cubes.

“Whiskey Stones” won’t dilute your drink because they do not melt. I haven”t tried them so I cannot tell you how well they work, but it’s certainly a novel idea. Remember to always drink responsibly — you don’t want to get stoned.  Available at Think Geek in packs of 8 with a drawstring bag.





FREE Days at Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument

8 08 2009

Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument (Colorado)––home to one of the richest and most diverse fossil deposits in the world––is waiving entrance fees on August 15-16, 2009. The name Florissant comes from a French word meaning “blooming” or “flowering.” Both modern and fossil flowers are found in Florissant, Colorado today.

Admission to the park will also be free on Saturday, August 22 in celebration of the park’s 40th anniversary. Ranger-led programs will be offered throughout the day, including a free seminar from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., The History of the Founding of Florissant Fossil Beds NM (teachers can receive credit, fees apply).

More information available on the park’s website.





USGS Stimulus Funding Bears Scrutiny

11 05 2009

If you had any doubt about USGS increased funding via the President’s stimulus package, I submit to you this video which I received by email. *wink*

Seriously, though, the original videos on the USGS site does not include music (sorry, I cannot credit whoever added that) and was filmed using a remote camera.  However, the doctored version, besides being fun, does get attention to an important wildlife message.

Many scientists believe that bears rub trees to leave and gather certain kinds of information about other bears (think of it as a kind of ursine chatroom), and in fact use the same rub trees for generations.





A Gift for a True Earth Mother

9 05 2009

I’m really not sure if this is more for a geologist or an ecologistbut I reckon one is not necesssarily exclusive of the other. And so… the “Love Earth pendant by Swarovski:





Shale Ale Toasts 100 Years Since Fossil Discovery

2 05 2009

Are you a dino wino? Could you go for some gneiss on ice or get pissed on schist?  If so, you might enjoy Shale Ale.

The just-launched brew celebrates the 100th anniversary of the shale discovery on Mount Burgess, in Yoho Park, British Columbia, site of the world’s most important fossil animals.

shale-ale-labelThe limited edition beer celebrates the Burgess Shale Geoscience Foundation (the BSGF) and is being manufactured by Big Rock Brewery, Canada’s leading craft brewer.

Made exclusively for BSGF’s special events, the Shale Ale label depicts the Dr. Charles Doolittle Walcott, who discovered the site, surrounded by the 505-million-year-old Burgess Shale fossils, famous for their amazing diversity, bizarre life forms, and out-of-this-world appendages.

Shale Ale will be launched at the GeoConvention Gala of the annual technical convention of the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists, the Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists and the Canadian Well Logging Society, to the estimated 4,000 geologically savvy attendees.

Some more on the fossils at Burgess (via the BSGF website):

Discovered in 1909 in Yoho National Park by Charles D. Walcott, the Burgess Shale not only challenges the evolutionary theories of Charles Darwin, but provides a glimpse of what life was like on Earth – 505 million years ago!

Just imagine…

  • The 5-eyed Opabinia, with an elephant-like trunk with fierce claw at its end… or
  • The strange Dinomischus, looking more like a flower than an animal… or
  • Anomalocaris, the largest of these ancient animals, and terror of the Cambrian seas… or
  • A beautiful Marrella, the “lace crab”, and most common fossil in the Walcott quarry… or
  • The modest Pikaia, looking like a worm, but in fact a primitive chordate, and our oldest known ancestor!

Um, five eyes and an elephant-like trunk with fierce claw at its end?  I’ll have that drink now!

Cheers to the Burgess Shale Geoscience Foundation!

(Via Marketwire — Burgess Shale Geoscience Foundation)





Geo-Gift to Fathom

23 04 2009

A little more geography than geology but still cool. This tie is printed with distressed remnants of 1900’s sea-depth estimates taken in Scandinavian and Arctic waters. These levels are rapidly changing now due to climactic shift. Available from cyberoptix in navy, white and khaki.

Might go well with: