Earth Science Week Theme: ‘Mapping Our World’

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)

“Mapping Our World” is the theme of Earth Science Week 2013, an annual event that promotes scientific understanding of our planet.

A poster promoting activities being held Oct. 13-19 is inserted in U.S. addresses of this issue at page 17.

The ESW 2013 theme promotes awareness of the many exciting uses of maps and mapping technologies in the geosciences.

Among the events scheduled are three national contests including:

  • A visual arts contest, “Making Maps Through the Ages,” is open to students in grades K-5. Imagine yourself as an Earth scientist and make a map displaying locations of land, water, air and living things.
  • An essay contest focusing on “How Geoscientists Use Maps” is available for students in grades 6-9. Discuss how maps are used to monitor interactions among Earth systems, or how maps help us meet challenges and maximize opportunities in areas like energy, agriculture, environment, natural disasters and community planning.
  • A photography contest is open to the general public with the theme “Mapping My Community.” The goal: In a photo, show how maps are used in your community.

The ESW program, launched by the American Geological Institute in 1998, encourages a “grass roots” effort for the geosciences community to publicize the event, distribute teaching materials and provide guidance for those interested in participating in ESW.

Earth Science Week is organized annually by AGI with support from the AAPG Foundation, U.S. Geological Survey, NASA, U.S. National Park Service, ExxonMobil, ESRI and others.

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