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USGS To Host an Open House on Saturday, October 9, 2004
Released: 10/7/2004

Contact Information:
U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey
Office of Communication
119 National Center
Reston, VA 20192
Karen Wood 1-click interview
Phone: 704-648-4447

Clarice Ransom 1-click interview
Phone: 703-648-4299

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is inviting the public to an open house where scientists will discuss everything from recent volcano activity at Mount St. Helens to snakeheads in the Potomac river to earthquakes in California. There will be more than 60 exhibits and hands-on activities for visitors.

Learn how the USGS tracks the effects of hurricanes. Take a trek through time, pan for gold, track manatees from space, follow Lewis and Clark’s trail, and much more.

There are excellent activities for children such as making your own fossils and fish painting. There will be photo and interview opportunities for print, broadcast, and electronic media.

Who: USGS Director Chip Groat and other USGS scientists

Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Date: Saturday, October 9, 2004

Place: USGS National Center, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, Va.

Admission and parking are free.

More information about the USGS Open House, including exhibits, teacher resources, and directions are available online at http://www.usgs.gov/125/openhouse/index.html

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