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USGS Brings "Eyes on Planet Earth" to the Classroom for Earth Science Week 2003
Released: 10/10/2003

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U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey
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Reston, VA 20192
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Phone: 703-648-4463

Kathleen Gohn
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October 12-18, 2003, marks this year’s observation of Earth Science Week, when the American Geological Institute — the week’s sponsor — its member societies, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and NASA, focus on the Earth, its resources, its processes, and its hazards. The theme for Earth Science Week 2003 is "Eyes on Planet Earth: Monitoring our Changing World.

"The science of the USGS and NASA benefits lives in countless ways. Earth Science Week is a great opportunity to increase public awareness of the diversity of scientific expertise within the government and the ways in which science contributes to the health and vitality of citizens, communities, our Nation and our world," commented USGS Director Charles Groat.

USGS and NASA are pleased to assist in the enhancement of national earth science literacy through the activities of Earth Science Week. Earth Science Week educational packets, available from AGI, contain numerous hands-on activities and analytical tools for students, teachers and the general public. Each packet will include the North American USGS/AGI Global GIS.

The educational packet is intended to give students, teachers and the general public innovative ideas on how to celebrate Earth Science Week 2003. Approximately 12,000 of the educational packets have been distributed nationwide. The content helps individuals to appreciate the natural environment we live in, as well as gain familiarity with analytical tools for spatial analysis.

Earth Science Week activities at USGS will be featured at http://www.usgs.gov.

For information about Earth Science Week activities at NASA see: www.nasa.gov

For more information about Earth Science Week 2003 and AGI on the Internet, visit: http://www.earthsciweek.org

The USGS serves the nation by providing reliable scientific information to describe and understand the Earth; minimize loss of life and property from natural disasters; manage water, biological, energy, and mineral resources; and enhance and protect our quality of life.

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