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Menasha, Wis. (Oct. 1, 2015) – Thanks to the efforts of two University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley professors, the State of Wisconsin has declared Saturday, Oct. 17 as Geology Day. The day will cap off National Earth Science Week (Oct. 11–17).

Dr. Joanne Kluessendorf, adjunct professor and director of the Weis Earth Science Museum, and Dr. Beth Johnson, assistant professor of geology at UWFox, submitted the proposal to the governor’s office. The official proclamation sites Wisconsin’s “renowned glacial landscapes, its ancient rock features, and its abundant lakes and rivers” as well as the state’s geological resources and history of mining. The Weis Earth Science Museum, which is the Official Mineralogical Museum of Wisconsin, and the UWFox geology program were also recognized.

“Wisconsin’s landscape is filled with geological treasures that have contributed to the state’s economy through tourism, mining and natural resources since its founding,” said Dr. Kluessendorf. “As we observe National Earth Science Week, everyone at the Weis Earth Science Museum and in the UWFox geology department are proud to contribute to bringing awareness to the wonder of the earth that makes up our great state.”

The new statewide Geology Day joins National Fossil Day (Oct. 14) and National Geologic Map Day (Oct. 16) in the National Earth Science Week celebration; the Weis Earth Science Museum will have various new exhibits on display for these days.

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