Rock-n-Fossil Day is Saturday morning at USU Geology Museum

Utah State University’s Geology Museum is hosting a day of science learning Saturday on Rock-n-Fossil Day, an annual event that drew over 500 people last year.

Event coordinator Dr. Dave Liddell said USU geologists will identify rocks, fossils, even meteorites that guests bring on Saturday.

“I specialize in the fossils,” Dr. Liddell said. “We have other faculty who do minerals and meteorites and things like that. So, whatever anyone brings in we can probably come up with a name for it.”

Dr. Liddell said there will be fossil digs for children, lots of demonstrations by geologists plus questions about earthquakes in Cache Valley.

“There certainly is potential,” Dr. Liddell said about the possibility of earthquakes in our region. “The reason Cache Valley is here is that there is a fault along the eastern side and a fault along the western side and every few thousand years an earthquake drops the valley down and raises the mountains a little bit higher.”

Rock-n-Fossil Day is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the USU Geology Building at the northeast corner of the USU Quad.

“Our main clients for this event are children,” said Dr. Liddell. “There will be some coloring activities, digs for fossils in a sandbox and making pipe cleaner dinosaurs. Plus, the dinosaur cookies are always popular.”

Everyone is invited. The event also includes tours of the USU Geology Museum, which has recently been remodeled and now includes a 1/3-scale model of Utahraptor.

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