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Project Earth Science is designed to provide relevant and accurate
earth science information for the state's high school students and earth/environmental
science teachers. Project Earth Science consists of curriculum and professional
development programs that meet the Department of Public Instruction's
competency-based curriculum objectives.
Students and teachers need to know that:
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- Natural systems are interconnected
- A large part of our state's economy is linked to earth materials, and
- Sustainable development in a healthy environment depends on a basic
knowledge of the earth's processes and resources
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The 2011 Outstanding Earth Science Teacher (OEST) &|
Outstanding Earth Science Educator (OESE) Award Winners
From left: 2011 OEST N.C. Award Winner Tim Martin and 2011 OESE N.C. Award Winner Andy Heckert looking for Triassic fossils during the Carolina Geological Society field trip Fall 2011.
2011 OEST N.C. State Winner:
Mr. Tim Martin
Greensboro Day School,
Guilford County, N.C.
2011 OESE N.C. State Winner:
Dr. Andy Heckert
Appalachian State University
Watauga County, N.C.
National Association of Geoscience Teachers;
North Carolina Geological Survey;
North Carolina Mining Commission;
North Carolina Aggregates Association;
Carolinas Section Association of the
Environmental & Engineering Geologists;
Southeast Section of the Society for Mining,
Metallurgy, and Exploration
|| From left: Andy Heckert, Appalachian State University; Randy Bechtel, NC Geological Survey; and Tim Martin, Greensboro Day School, shown during the 2011 NCSTA Award Ceremony.
Award Information & Nomination Form
New eligibility policy: Starting in 2011 all
nominations will be kept on file and eligible for
three years. Therefore all of the nominations from
2011 will be considered through 2014.
Supplemental materials may be submitted.
Previous winners are not eligible for consideration.
|The NOMINATION DEADLINE for the OEST and OESE awards is
March 9, 2012
If you know of an Outstanding Earth Science Teacher (OEST) or Educator (OESE), please fill out the nomination form or nominate yourself. (See links at left for further information and nomination form).
In addition, the OEST award winner will be considered for sectional honors in the Southeastern NAGT competition.
Winners will be notified during the Summer 2012. Previous winners are not eligible to enter.
|Downloadable Educational Information
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
Resources for Teachers
Free Online Informational Brochure
The latest edition of the USGS educational brochure is now available online as an Adobe PDF at http://education.usgs.gov Click on 'resources for teachers' in the left-hand column.
Discover a wealth of curricular ideas, scientific data, maps, books, lessons, and other resources to support earth science, biology, geography, and hydrology. This four-page informational brochure contains selected online resources to support teaching, learning, education (K-12) and university-level inquiry and research.
This brochure is currently available online only.
For more information, contact the USGS Science Information and Library Services (SILS) at 1-888-ASK-USGS (1-888-275-8747), or online through the USGS store at:http://store.usgs.gov
|Educational Packet for students and teachers
| The following resources are downloadable Adobe Acrobat (pdf) documents. You will need Adobe's free reader to view and print these documents.
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|Generalized Geologic Map of North Carolina, 1991 (reprinted 1996) (4.2 MB)
|This is our 11-inch by 17-inch Generalized Geologic Map of North Carolina, and is based on our published 1:500,000-scale 1985 Geologic Map Of North Carolina. To print this generalized 47-inch by 30-inch image out as intended, select 11-inch by 17-inch paper in your printer setup menu, then select the "fit to printer margins" or "fit to printable area" function in your print setup menu. Color printer recommended.
|Generalized Geologic Map of North Carolina Descriptive material, 1991 (reprinted 1996) (4.7 MB)
|This is the descriptive material that accompanies our 11-inch by 17-inch Generalized Geologic Map of North Carolina. To print this 47-inch by 30-inch image out as intended, select 11-inch by 17-inch paper in your printer setup menu, then select the "fit to printer margins" or "fit to printable area" function in your print setup menu.
to Earth Facts! (1.1 MB)
||This two page article summarizes the minerals produced in North Carolina.
from the Earth (106 kB)
||Rock and mineral products in the Asheville-Buncombe County area
-- Geologic Note 3, revised November, 2006
|A listing of North Carolina Minerals (72 kB)
||Geologic Note 4 (revised December 2010),
provides a listing of 475 minerals known to occur in North Carolina;
further work may lead to additions to this list.
|Color Physiographic Map of North Carolina (430 kB)
|| A one-page color map of the physiographic provinces in North Carolina, with descriptive text.
||Black and White Physiographic Map of North Carolina (430 kB)
|| A one-page grayscale map of the physiographic provinces in North Carolina, with descriptive text.
|Minerals Poster (1.04 MB)
This is US Geological Survey Open-File Report 00-144, Minerals
in our Environment, compiled by Judy Weathers and John Galloway. Size = 50-inches by 34.5-inches
||This educational poster consists of four panels:
a kitchen, a home office, a bathroom and a house front and a garage.
Each panel depicts common products used in everyday life and
the minerals from which they are manufactured. Items in each panel
are numbered. A corresponding number list describes the product
and its elements, minerals or source rocks.
||Geology of Yancey County, North Carolina Geologic Note No. 5, 1997
The text for Geologic Note No. 5 is available in MS Word and Adobe PDF formats. The accompanying geologic map of Yancey County, NC is only available as a PDF
The original map dimensions are 36 inches wide by 42 inches
in height. The PDF file is about 3.6 mb in size.
Also, please take a few minutes to complete the teacher survey form below and return to Bart.Cattanach@ncmail.net Thank You!
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Randy Bechtel, an education outreach geologist at the NCGS specializing
in earth science education. Please include a return address in the body
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we can't guarantee a reply to every message. We encourage students to
send in questions but we won't write reports or answer test questions
for you. This is not a substitute for studying or library research.
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