As someone pointed out to me, I can hardly advertise a show in Arkansas without also advertising the upcoming show in St. Louis. So here it is: it’s the weekend before the Arkansas show, easily accessible from Kansas City, and I am sure it will be fun.
A fun show opportunity next month. Mountain Home is in the north-central part of Arkansas and is only 4 and a half hours away, same as a trip to St. Louis. If you like quartz, Arkansas is famous for it and I’m sure you will see lots of it. I also hear the show will have plenty of air conditioning!
The Association Picnic will be Sunday August 27 at Antioch Park. 6501 Antioch Rd, Merriam, KS 66202. Please bring a side dish or dessert and cash so you can buy something at the auction. Proceeds go to the Scholarship Fund.
Next weekend (June 10, 2017) we are going on a trip to the Missouri Mines Rock Swap in Park Hills, Missouri. We will look for drusy quartz and possibly Missouri banded agates. The swap itself goes from June 9-11 if you want to stay longer and is located at the Missouri Mines Historic Site near St. Joe State Park, 4000 MO-32, Park Hills, Missouri 63601. FREE admission to the show!
Directions: From Missouri 32, get off at Federal Mill Rd and look for the Missouri Mines Historic Site. Google Maps
Stalactites and stalagmites form in caves when water that contains dissolved minerals (such as calcium carbonate) drips from the ceiling. Scientists can analyze the 18O/16O ratios (isotopes of oxygen) in the stalactites and see how the temperature changed as they were formed. A team led by Andy Baker, Gurinder Nagra, and Pauline C. Treble of the University of New South Wales, Australia discovered that Yonderup Cave had a lot more 18O than they expected. Since having more 18O is associated with higher temperatures at the time of formation, it could have been interpreded as one of the largest climate changes in the last 2 million years.
But, there was a wildfire in 2005 and a large tree died right on top of the cave. Baker’s team believes that this is what actually caused the increased 18O concentration. This is important for anybody else trying to use these oxygen isotopes to determine ancient temperatures, because if they get a very warm result it might have been caused by a forest fire instead.
It’s a little more complicated than that. Read the whole article here: http://cen.acs.org/articles/94/i30/Cave-dripwater-contain-fire-evidence.html and check Baker’s website for more interesting stuff about how he researches caves to learn about past climates.
In this economy, we all could use some career advice. Here is an interview with a former curator of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, explaining how he got the job and what it entails. (more…)
We hope you are having fun at the show. Don’t forget to set your clocks forward 1 hour for Daylight Savings Time.
Lectures presented by the Association of Earth Science Clubs of Greater Kansas City
Friday, March 10, 2017
3:00 p.m. “Opal Down Under”, Ron Wooly, Owner of Dreaming Down Under
Saturday, March 11, 2017
1:00 p.m. “Earth Science… Facts, Frauds and Scams”, Mark Sherwood, Independence Gem and Mineral Society
2:00 p.m. “The Life and Hard Times of the KU T. rex”, Dr. David Burnham, Research Associate, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas
3:00 p.m. “Medullary bone in Tyrannosaurs: a question of chickens, eggs and possibly more”, Dr. Josh Schmerge, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas
4:00 p.m. “History of Gold Mining”, Doug Foster, Show-Me Gold, Missouri
Sunday, March 12, 2017
2:00 p.m. “The Life and Hard Times of the KU T-rex”, Dr. David Burnham, Research Associate, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas
3:00 p.m. “Islands in the sun: Eocene fossil mammals from Turkey”, Dr. Chris Beard, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas
The Association has a scholarship for students studying earth science. The value will be between $250 – $1000. To apply, fill out this form on the Association website here and mail it to Molly Stinemetz. The application says 2015 but it is good for 2017. The scholarship happens every year.
Deadline: February 28, 2017
- Be a student at an accredited college or university in Missouri or Kansas
- Must have completed your sophomore year, or be a grad student
- Major in a field related to earth science
- Be a legal resident of the United States
- Complete the application honestly and on time
- Include a recommendation from a professor
- Include a transcript
- If you are selected as a finalist, you must attend the auction at the Kansas City Gem Show on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 7:15pm.
When you come to the show, don’t forget to enter the drawings for door prizes.