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ACEAP 2018 Applications Being Accepted

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Applications are now being accepted for the 2018 Astronomy in Chile Educator Ambassadors Program (ACEAP)

This program, in its fourth year, brings amateur astronomers, planetarium personnel, and astronomy educators to several U.S.-funded astronomy observatories in Chile. While there, ambassadors will receive behind-the-scenes tours of some of the world’s most productive and advanced telescopes, including in-depth information on their instruments and discoveries.

PAESTA member Dave Curry came across an exciting prehistoric find on an exposed limestone outcrop while he and group of PAESTA members explored the Acid Mine Drainage (AMD) Remediation Project along the North Fork of the Montour Run.  Members of PAESTA were exploring this site as part of the K12 Teacher Weekend field trip during the 2017 NE/NC Joint GSA Conference in Pittsburgh.  This edge-on cross section of a Paleozoec horn coral was deposited in a warm, shallow sea sometime in the late Ordovician or Permian, some 251 to 488 million years ago.  Horn corals, which are distantly related to jellyfish, are solitary corals that are now extinct, as they died out during the Great Permian Extinction (The Great Dying).  This greatest of mass extinctions wiped out 96% of all marine species and 70% of all land species.  Thanks to the Montour Run Watershed Association (http://www.MRWA.info (link is external)) and Karen Rose Cercone of IUP for organizing the trip!

Note: This fossil-rich limestone may have been unearthed (not in its original site of deposition) and moved during coal extraction in this strip and deep mining coal area.

Full Taxonomic CLassification:

Domain: Eukarya

Kindom: Animal (Animalia)

Phylum: Cnidaria (Coelenterata)

Class: Anthozoa

Subclass: Zoantharia (Hexacorallia)

Order: Rugosa (rugose means wrinkled, which describes the outside horn shape)

Family: Zaphrentidae

Genus: Heliophyllum

 

 

Horn_Coral

Earth Science Week 2017 Theme Announced: 'Earth and Human Activity'

Earth Science Week

From AGI Public Relations, January 3, 2017  --  The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is pleased to announce that the theme of Earth Science Week 2017 is "Earth and Human Activity." This year's event, the 20th annual Earth Science Week celebration (Oct. 8-14), promotes awareness of what geoscience tells us about human interaction with the planet's natural systems and processes.
 

2017 Total Solar Eclipse

From the Franklin Institute  --  "On August 21, 2017, millions of Americans will witness the moon moving in between the Earth and the sun to create a total solar eclipse. This spectacular phenomenon occurs when the sun, the moon, and the Earth line up in a row, causing the moon to cast a shadow over the planet. Although total solar eclipses can happen once every two years around the world, this event marks the first total solar eclipse to occur in the continental U.S. since 1979.

Date: 
August 21, 2017

Solar Week

Solar Week, a week of online cool facts, hands-on activities and games about the sun for ages 9-14, happens twice a year, approximately mid-to-late March and mid-to-late October. [Daily Facts, Games and Activities are available all year; "Ask a Question" has archived answers only -- until LIVE during Solar Week.]

Visit: http://www.solarweek.org/cms/

Date: 
October 17, 2016

Geography Awareness Week

Geography Awareness Week

It is part of the National Geographic Society’s work to ensure that our nation’s youth are Geo-literate—that they understand how Earth’s interconnected human, ecological, and geophysical systems function, and have the ability to apply that understanding to decision-making and problem solving. Geography Awareness Week takes place the third week of November each year with a different theme.

Date: 
November 12, 2017

Geography Awareness Week

Geography Awareness Week

It is part of the National Geographic Society’s work to ensure that our nation’s youth are Geo-literate—that they understand how Earth’s interconnected human, ecological, and geophysical systems function, and have the ability to apply that understanding to decision-making and problem solving. Geography Awareness Week takes place the third week of November each year with a different theme.

Date: 
November 13, 2016

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