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  • A.J. Wright
    ..for some really ancient Alabama history!!--ajwright@uab.edu ... From: David Kopaska-Merkel [mailto:davidkm@gsa.state.al.us] Sent: Tuesday, April 01, 2003
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      ..for some really ancient Alabama history!!--ajwright@...


      -----Original Message-----
      From: David Kopaska-Merkel [mailto:davidkm@...]
      Sent: Tuesday, April 01, 2003 11:05 AM
      To: ALScienceEdNews@yahoogroups.com
      Cc: CHOM; Geology Department; ALALA-L@...
      Subject:


      Science Teachers:

      Collect Fossils * * * Learn about the Earth * * * Make your own Fossil Kits


      Fossils of the Black Belt V - A Hands-On Field Workshop

      Register Now - Space is Limited!

      If you missed our first four workshops, you have another chance to visit
      some of Alabama's most famous
      fossil collecting localities!

      Where: University of West Alabama in Livingston and vicinity.
      When: Tuesday, October 21, 2003, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.
      Cost: $10
      (preregistration required)
      You will receive: A certificate of participation indicating that you earned
      8 contact hours of C.E.U. in-service credit, a field guidebook, the new book
      Lost Worlds in Alabama Rocks (a $25 value), a geologic map of Alabama, fact
      sheets on Alabama fossils, a selection of fossils from other parts of the
      state, and a fossil kit you will make as part of the workshop.
      Who Should Attend: In-service and pre-service science teachers who will be
      teaching earth science or other science courses with earth-science
      components.
      Contact: Dr. David C. Kopaska-Merkel, Geological Survey of Alabama, P.O.
      Box 869999, Tuscaloosa AL 35486-6999. Phone: (205)
      247-3695. FAX: (205) 349-2861. Email: davidkm@.../

      Workshop Leaders

      Dr. David C. Kopaska-Merkel is head of the Stratigraphy and Coastal Geology
      Unit at the Geological Survey of Alabama. He has studied trilobites and
      other fossils, and has led workshops and field trips for teachers, children,
      and others. Dr. Kopaska-Merkel has written many educational publications.

      Dr. Andrew K. Rindsberg has been studying the paleontology of Alabama for
      the Geological Survey of Alabama since 1989. Dr. Rindsberg has written
      numerous publications on Alabama geology, including field trip guidebooks
      and educational publications on fossils, and he is curator of the Survey's
      Paleontological Collection.

      Mr. Richard Thurn taught at the University of West Alabama (formerly
      Livingston University) for more than 20 years. Mr. Thurn has taught earth
      science and many geology courses, and has run or been involved with numerous
      workshops for teachers, children, and the general public.

      ____________________________________________________________________________
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      Registration Form

      Name: ___________________________ Position: _________________ School:
      ___________________________
      Address:
      ____________________________________________________________________________
      __________________

      ____________________________________________________________________________
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      Home phone: _____________ School phone: _____________ FAX: _____________
      Email: ___________________________


      ____ Yes, I plan to attend the Hands-On Field Workshop in Paleontology. I
      enclose the $10 preregistration fee.

      REGISTER SOON. Attendance is limited to 39! Late registrants will be placed
      on a waiting list and included if possible. A more detailed schedule,
      including map, will be mailed to preregistrants before the workshop.

      Return to David Kopaska-Merkel, Geological Survey of Alabama, PO Box 869999,
      Tuscaloosa AL 35486-6999. Make checks out to GSA -Educational Fund.
      Workshop Summary

      Sign up for a one-day workshop in paleontology (the study of fossils)! The
      workshop is geared for elementary school, middle school, and high school
      science teachers (both in-service and pre-service), and has four objectives:

      · To familiarize participants with the study of fossils and field geology,
      so that they will be more comfortable imparting this information to their
      students.
      · To provide information about well-documented sites that can be visited by
      classes, or used to provide material for classes.
      · To provide the teachers an opportunity to develop fossil kits, under
      supervision by experienced geologists, for classroom use. All objectives
      will further the goal of integrating real earth science into the school
      curriculum. Workshop participants will be better able to recommend
      meaningful science-fair projects in earth science and to assist with them.
      · To give participants a copy of, and an introduction to, a major new
      resource for teaching about the geology and geologic history of Alabama, the
      book "Lost Worlds in Alabama Rocks."

      This course will provide material useful for, or training in, ACOSS
      Processes and Applications in all grades, the Geology and Earth & Space
      Science electives at the high-school level, concepts in the high-school
      biology core, and concepts in the life-science strand at all other grade
      levels.

      Children love collecting fossils; field trips are excellent
      attention-grabbers and often seem like Easter-egg hunts. Alabama is one of
      the best places in the world for fossil collecting. In an area the size of
      England, Alabama has well-preserved fossils of almost every age. It is no
      exaggeration to say that amateur and professional paleontologists come from
      all over the world to collect fossils in Alabama.

      The workshop will follow the format of the highly successful field workshops
      that were held in 1997 and 1998 in the same area. The workshop will be in
      three parts. The first part will be spent at the University of West Alabama
      in Livingston, where the principles of field study in earth science will be
      introduced. The emphasis will be on the basics: keeping a field notebook,
      reading geologic and topographic maps, and proper collection and labeling of
      samples. Laws regarding fossil collecting will be discussed. The second part
      of the workshop will be spent at two excellent outcrops of fossiliferous
      Cretaceous marine strata near Livingston. The outcrops contain diverse
      marine fossils, including oysters, other bivalves, snails, bryozoa, worm
      tubes, and shark teeth. If very lucky, someone might find bone(s) of ancient
      sea turtles or bone(s)/teeth of a large, nasty mosasaur (an extinct marine
      reptile). The third part of the workshop will take place at the University
      of West Alabama. Participants and project leaders will identify and label
      fossils that were collected that morning, developing fossil kits that the
      teachers will take back to their schools.

      Schedule

      8-9 am: Registration and Orientation (at the University of West
      Alabama,
      Livingston, AL)
      9-12 noon: Field trip to Cretaceous of west Alabama, Sumter County
      12-1 pm: Sack Lunch (not provided)
      1-4 pm: Curriculum development workshop (at UWA, Livingston, AL)

      Successful workshops held in 1997, 1998, 2001, and 2002!

      Fossil Field Workshop for Teachers
      David Kopaska-Merkel
      Geological Survey of Alabama
      PO Box 869999
      Tuscaloosa AL 35486-6999



      David C. Kopaska-Merkel
      (205) 247-3695 (direct line/voice mail)
      (205) 349-2852 (switchboard)
      fax 349-2861
      www.gsa.state.al.us

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