The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is partnering with the Geological Society of America (GSA), New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources, Valles Caldera National Preserve, the San Diego Riverside Charter School and the Jemez Valley Middle School on a field project designed to raise awareness of the importance of earth science.
Thursday, Sept. 17, eighth grade students and educators will participate in a guided full school day field trip examining the local geology of the Valles Caldera National Preserve.
Former Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, AGI’s Earth Science Education Ambassador, will be attending to help lead the field activities and to document the effort as part of a film series meant to raise awareness of the role earth science plays in society.
Scientists from the New Mexico Bureau of Geology will provide classroom lessons before the field trip and be on-site to lead the activities. Participants will work with geologists and geoscience educators to explore the structure, deposits and hazards posed by volcanoes by learning to distinguish between and quantifying the properties of an ash flow and ash fall.