Expo Digs Into Geology

TAMPA, Fla. (April 16, 2010) – The University of South Florida will have its very own version of a volcano on campus for GeoExpo, April 22, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the USF Geopark, located on Magnolia Drive on the USF Tampa campus (across from the Juniper-Poplar student residence). This is a free event, open to the public.


The USF Geology Club has arranged for 75 Hillsborough County high school seniors enrolled in earth/environmental science classes to attend as special guests. The goal is to bolster geology and geosciences awareness for the next generation of scientists.


Highlights include the hydro-volcanic display of flying tennis balls along with demonstrations of state-of-the-art equipment and technologies used to examine the ground beneath our feet. There are well-developed sink holes in the Geopark that will provide the perfect setting for the two drill rigs that will show what they can do. There will also be a display of samples of test borings that will show how the earth looks in various parts of Florida.


Participants include: Southwest Florida Water Management District, US Geological Survey, local environmental and engineering firms, geophysical services companies as well as environmental and geotechnical drilling companies. The event is sponsored by the USF Geology Alumni Society and the USF Department of Geology.


For more information contact Mike Wightman at mwightman@geoviewinc.com.


The University of South Florida is one of the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of only 25 public research universities nationwide with very high research activity that is designated as community engaged by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.  USF was awarded $380.4 million in research contracts and grants in FY 2008/2009. The university offers 232 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. The USF System has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 47,000 students on institutions/campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.