Dig into geology at the Florida Museum during ‘Can You Dig It?’ April 16

March 28th, 2011

Editors Note: A full list activities follows this release

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Discover geology and explore the ground beneath your feet during “Can You Dig It?” at the Florida Museum of Natural History from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 16.

The free family-friendly event, sponsored by the University of Florida department of geological sciences, Water and Air Research Inc. and Creative Environmental Solutions Inc., includes hands-on activities and live demonstrations from UF professors and students as well as the Gainesville Gem and Mineral Society.

“We all love things pertaining to geology, so it’s really exciting to put on this event every year,” said Matt Smith, lecturer for the UF department of geology.

The Gainesville Chamber Orchestra will also perform during the event.

” ‘Can You Dig It?’ will rock your world,” said Kendra Lanza-Kaduce, Florida Museum of Natural History public programs coordinator. “There are tons of interactive presentations and demonstrations that children and adults of all ages will enjoy. Nearly 2,000 people attended last year’s event.”

This year, visitors may discover the science of earthquakes using seismic equipment, win prizes, witness volcanic eruptions and dig in a “gem mine.”

“This is our fifth year hosting the event and it serves as our main outreach program,” Smith said. “The event is set up to expose people to all things pertaining to geology, and we want it to be fun for everyone. The Gainesville Gem and Mineral Society bring additional expertise.”

For more information, visit www.flmnh.ufl.edu/education/canyoudigit.htm or call 352-273-2064.

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Writer: Logan Gerber
Media contact: Paul Ramey, 352-273-2054, pramey@flmnh.ufl.edu

Can You Dig It?
10 a.m. – 3 p.m. April 16
Activities List

Volcanic Eruptions
Learn why some volcanoes erupt violently while others simply steam. Eruptions occur every 20 minutes and 50 minutes past the hour.

Gem Mine
Pretend to be a scientist and sift for gems, minerals and other treasures.

Make Your Own Earthquake
Learn about the Richter scale by creating your own earthquake.

Oreo Plate Tectonics
Discover how mountains are made using Oreo cookies.

Deep Ocean Drilling
Learn how scientists study the layers of the ocean floor through this hands-on activity.

Mike’s Magical Mineral show, 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m.
Discover the connection between minerals and light through this exciting presentation.

Work of Water
Learn how water has shaped the earth’s surface.

Ground Water and Water resources
Learn how water flows through wetlands and into sinks.

Gem Cutting and Jewelry Making
Watch rough and jagged stone transformed into beautiful jewelry.

Caves
Learn how geologists discover information about the past by studying caves.

Tools of Geologists
Discover the many tools geologists use to study the earth.

Fossils
Explore Florida’s fossil history.

Paleomagnetism
Explore rocks from the past and learn how the North Pole has shifted over millions of years.

Geological Time
Learn how geologists use rocks to tell time.

Meteorites
Compare space rocks to Earth rocks and see how they differ.

The Secrets of Sand
Examine sand under a microscope and discover what the tiny grains look like.

Mysteries of the Deep Ocean
Discover the magnificent species that live under the sea and explore deep-ocean volcanoes.

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