Friday, April 19, 2013

Missouri Geological Survey celebrates 160 years of service to Missourians

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is celebrating the 160thanniversary celebration of the Missouri Geological Survey by hosting an Open House April 22-26. The public is invited to attend daily presentations that highlight the work of the survey, see special exhibits, visit with staff and tour the Edward L. Clark Museum of Missouri Geology and McCracken Core Library and Research Center that includes a repository of nearly 3,000 drill core samples containing 2 million feet of rock core.

Since 1853, the survey has provided reliable scientific information to describe and understand Missouri's wealth of natural resources in the areas of geology, hydrology, minerals, water resources and energy.

Plan a visit and learn about the survey’s contributions to both the environmental and economic vitality of Missouri. Special presentations will be held from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m., so bring your lunch and drop by to learn about these topics:

Monday, April 22 – History and Future of the Geological Survey
Tuesday, April 23 – Geologic Mapping
Wednesday, April 24 – Caves
Thursday, April 25 – Water Wells and Groundwater
Friday, April 26 – Fossils

Register during the open house to win a stay at Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park, a geologic jewel of the Missouri State Park system.

The Missouri Geological Survey is located in the Buehler Building, 111 Fairgrounds Road, in Rolla. Self-guided tours of the museum are available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission to the museum and presentations is free of charge. Visit the department’s website for additional information at and don’t miss the recent Missouri Resources magazine article about the great work of the survey