Active Earth Display Kiosk Education and Outreach Missouri Department of Natural Resources

Active Earth Display Kiosk Education and Outreach Missouri Department of Natural Resources The Ed Clark Museum of Missouri Geology is located at the Missouri Department of Natural Resources' Division of Geology and Land Survey, 111 Fairgrounds Road in Rolla, Missouri. The museum provides a background for staff to share the importance of the state's natural resources and highlights rocks, minerals and fossils found in our state. The museum also identifies the role the division plays in the management and protection of these resources.
The Active Earth Display kiosk provides an exciting educational opportunity for teaching earthquake science in the informal environment of the Ed Clark Museum of Missouri Geology. The museum is located at the Division of Geology of Land Survey, Missouri Department of Natural Resources, 111 Fairgrounds Road, Rolla, Mo. The virtual tools, animations and interactive, real-time presentation of seismic data and the science behind it has drawn visitors from all walks of life and all age groups including students, scouts, geology and other nature club members, families, scientists, community and state leaders, and those traveling along Interstate 44 and historic U.S. Route 66.
</p><p>Visitors are welcome to tour the museum at their own pace, while others request a tour led by a staff geologist who enhances the experience by sharing additional geologic information. EarthScope literature provided by IRIS is also available.
</p><p>Especially exciting is that the AED has afforded greater information dissemination about earthquake potential in the New Madrid Seismic Zone; the most seismically active area east of the Rockies, which lies in southeastern Missouri and neighboring states. A series of webpages about the NMSZ developed by MoDNR staff are integrated in the AED. Visitors also learn about the large earthquakes that occurred in the NMSZ in the winter of 1811-12, and about the fast approaching 200th anniversary of the historic events. Staff members also educate visitors about the department’s responsibility for activating the Post-Technical Earthquake Clearinghouse, which is a clearinghouse for scientists wishing to enter the affected area in the event of a large, damaging earthquake in the NMSZ.
</p><p>In August 2010 and 2011, the AED will relocate to Sedalia, where more than 25,000 people are expected to visit it at the Historic Womans Building during the Missouri State Fair. Sedalia is 90 miles east of Kansas City. EarthScope Transportable Array Stations have arrived in that region, and continue to be placed in Missouri throughout 2010, with full state coverage in 2011. The AED also debuts on the state Capitol grounds in Jefferson City where more than 2,000 fifth graders and others will have an opportunity to learn about earthquakes during MoDNR’s Earth Day celebration April 22, 2011.
</p><p>The AED has greatly enhanced the learning experience for young people and life-long learners interested in earthquakes.</p>


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