Friday, May 19, 2006

USGS Open House June 3rd and fourth

The USGS rotates annual Open Houses among its three major research centers (Menlo Park, California; Northern Virginia; and Boulder, Colorado), and this year it's the Bay Area's turn again. This is great fun for anyone who enjoys science or has inquisitive kids. They put on a great show with lots of exhibits staffed by the USGS scientists who have been doing original research. They do geology, weather monitoring, oceanography, astronomy, and much more. Their mappers develop great maps showing many different views of the US (geography, politics, rock formations, earthquakes, gravity variation, etc.) plus maps of other planets and the sky. There's always plenty of interesting things to see, and people present who understand the science, can explain it well, and are excited about sharing it with the public. Great fun!

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