Why Science Education is Important for Kids

Science education sometimes takes a back seat these days with the push of reading and math being so strong. But, science is a part of our daily life. Everything we do and deal with in life is science from cooking, playing ball, growing a garden and understanding how technologies work to watching a rain storm. Understanding science helps kids appreciate and relate to the world around them.

It’s Time to Register for Rock Camp 2017!

March has arrived and it is time to register your kids for summer camps. If you live in the Mount Pleasant / Charleston, South Carolina, area or plan to visit this June, I would love to have you join us for Rock Detectives Camp. The camp will be held at the Park West Recreation Building in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, on June 19 through 23, 2017 from 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm. Come join us for a full week of geology fun!

How to Draw a Cross-Section from a Topographic Map

Making a cross-section from a topographic is not too difficult and can come in handy for hiking, driving, biking, walking and yes, running. All you need is a topographic map of the area, a piece of graph paper, a ruler, and a pencil.

Today is National Let’s Laugh Day!

Today is National Let’s Laugh Day! In the spirit of all things funny, here is some of our favorite geology humor. THE TOP 10 SIGNS YOU MIGHT BE A GEOLOGIST!

Ask-a-Geologist #20: What can you tell me about the mineral pyrite?

Today I have a special guest with me. Her name is Piper and we are discussing the mineral pyrite. (Make sure you watch the video until the end to see our first blooper reel!)

Glaciers are Awesome!

A glacier is a large, moving sheet of ice and snow. Next to oceans, glaciers hold the most water on earth. The polar areas are covered largely by glaciers and in warmer areas, glaciers cover the highest mountain tops. Many other geologic features can also be formed by glaciers as well. Glaciers can be found on every continent.

A Little Fun Info about Mountains!

A mountain is a tall mass of land that has been either formed through tectonic plate collision or stretching or by volcanic activity. Mountains form some of the most spectacular and interesting scenery in the world.

What You Need to Know About Minerals & Gemstones

Minerals are unique chemical substances which are homogeneous (the same) throughout the specimen. Minerals can be found as single crystals or clusters of many crystals. Rocks are a group of minerals that are found together.

Geology is all around you!

Whether you know a lot about geology or just a little, you probably know that the Earth’s crust and the material below it are made up of rocks and minerals. There are hundreds of varieties of rocks and minerals and each one has its own unique history from the time it was formed to the time someone finds a specimen and adds it to their collection

Paleontology: Fossils, Fossils, Fossils!

Paleontologists are geologists and scientists who specialize in the study of fossils. Fossils help to tell the story of our great Earth. Almost all fossils are found in sedimentary rock such as shale, limestone, and sandstone. A fossil is formed when an animal or plant dies and is quickly buried by sediment before it has time to decay. The hard parts of the animal or plant such as shells, bone and wood are fossilized in the rock formed from the sediment.