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Grand Canyon celebrates Earth Science Week Oct. 11-17

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GRAND CANYON, Ariz. - Grand Canyon National Park is celebrating Earth Science Week (ESW) and National Fossil Day Oct. 11-17.

ESW promotes understanding and appreciation of the earth sciences and their relevance to daily lives. National Fossil Day, part of ESW, fosters an appreciation of the scientific and educational value of fossils and promotes public stewardship of fossil sites.

The park will commemorate Earth Science Week with a variety of special programs:

• 30 minute Geology Glimpse ranger talks at Yavapai Geology Museum every day at 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

• Daily Ranger-led Fossil Discovery Walk at 9:30 a.m. at the Bright Angel Trailhead.

• For National Fossil Day, Oct. 14, the park's paleontologist, Robyn Henderek, will present: Prehistoric Paleontologists: Split Twig Figurines and Fossil Remains in Grand Canyon Caves at 7:30 p.m. at Shrine of the Ages auditorium.

• Oct. 17, geologist and author Wayne Ranney will present Sublime Abyss: Grand Canyon's Awesome Geology at 7:30 p.m. at Shrine of the Ages auditorium.

More information about ESW or National Fossil Day is available at http://www.earthsciweek.org/. and http://www.nature.nps.gov/.

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