Wednesday, October 20, 2010

GeoFest 2010 October 22-24

The Indiana State Museum's annual GeoFest event takes place this weekend (October 22-24, 2010) in Indianapolis, Indiana.  A great place explore geology, mineralogy, and paleontology to placate your inner scientist.  Also a good place to find unique gifts for the upcoming holidays.

Dates & Times
October 22, 2010 (Friday) 9 AM - 5 PM EST
October 23, 2010 (Saturday) 9 AM - 5 PM EST
October 24, 2010 (Sunday) 11 AM - 4 PM EST

Indiana State Museum
650 West Washington St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204


A number of geology organizations will be present to explain their missions and help with specimen identification: Indiana 4-H, 500 Earth Science Club, Indiana Society of Paleontology, Indiana Geological Survey, Lost River Conservation Association, Indiana Academy of Science, and Friends of Mineralogy.  In addition, 21 dealers will be selling a variety of items including jewelry, cut stones, fossils and raw crystals from around the world.

An interactive display will allow visitors to mix, pour, and mold concrete presented by IMI (Irving Materials, Inc.) Sonja Cowles will help attendees create concrete paper weights using rocks, sand, cement, and water.

On Saturday, Oct. 23 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., glass artist Sallie Gurth of Fuego Loco
Studio will lead an informal jewelry-making workshop. Using beads provided or
purchased from exhibitors, visitors can learn to create necklaces, bracelets or earrings. Cost for the workshop starts at $10.

While at the museum do not forget to check out their great geological exhibits.  Meteorites, minerals, rocks, and fossils are on display.

Barringer Meteorite Crater in Arizona

 Dolomite & Calcite
Harrison County, Indiana

 Yellow Fluorite
Allen County, Indiana

Crinoid Calyx
Mississippian Period
Crawfordsville, Indiana

Learn more at  Indiana State Museum web site.

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