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The following information was kindly provided by Pete Modreski (USGS)

Mon.-Fri. Dec. 4-8, Holiday Sale at the USGS Map Store, Building 810, Denver Federal Center, Lakewood CO.  All this coming week, all items in the sales shop are 15% off the regular prices.  This includes all USGS maps and publications, and all the other materials they stock from the Rocky Mountain Nature Association, Forest Service, and other sources (USFS maps, National Geographic maps, nature and hiking field guides, Audubon Society birds, CD's, puzzles, games, calendars, etc.  A great place to do some pre-Christmas shopping!  Call 303-202-4675 for info or directions. The Map Store is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., weekdays only.   I'd like to mention that among the USGS items available is the new (revised 2006) edition of the very popular "This Dynamic Planet" tectonic map of the world, now updated to include earthquakes from the past decade, and with all new text & diagrams about plate tectonics printed on the reverse side; $14.00; preview it at  And also, the special boxed set of the 11 published Historic Trail Maps of Eastern Colorado and New Mexico, containing all 11 maps for $49.95 (less the 15% discount); you may also of course, purchase the individual maps, for $7.00 apiece except for the Denver Quadrangle map, two sheets, which is regularly $14.00). I'm told that the supply of the boxed map sets is limited to a few dozen remaining sets.

Today through the holidays, also at the USGS Map Store, from now till Christmas, Free surplus topo maps for holiday wrapping paper are being given away!   "Available in bundles of 10, with a limit of three rolls per customer."  Just come in and ask.  And in addition, an assortment of surplus, slightly wrinkled, or out of date 1:100,000 scale folded USGS topo maps are being given away free too, mostly from AZ, UT, and NM; they are laid out on a table, each customer is asked to limit what they take to five maps per visit.  Again, 303-202-4675 for info.
Wed., Dec. 6, 4:00 pm., CU Boulder Geological Sciences Colloquium, the last for this semester  Benson Earth Sciences Building,  Room 380.  James P. McCalpin, Crestone Science Center, Crestone, Colorado, will present "Neotectonics of the Sangre De Cristo Fault, Colorado's Most Active Fault."  Refreshments will be served at 3:30 p.m. on the third floor.   All are welcome to attend .

Wed., Dec. 6, 7:00 p.m., at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Future Sky: A Whimsical Look at the Ultimate Fate of the Milky Way, a special Planetarium show.  Reservations required; see  for full information on this and the other
DMNS programs listed below.

Also at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, only through January 1, Engineer It! is the hands-on discovery-experimentation room for kids (or others) filled with water tanks, wind tunnels, earthquake simulators, boats, bridges, cranes, airplanes, rockets, etc.  I've seen it, and it really is very neat, for creative minds of all ages.  My advice--don't miss seeing it.  Free with regular museum admission.

And now on display in the Coors Mineral Hall at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science is the new and very spectacular Aquamarine Crystal Pocket, reconstructed from specimens excavated at 12,500 feet elevation on Mount Antero, Colorado.  The 37 x 25-inch crystal-studded slab contains over 100 large aquamarine crystals (the Colorado State Gemstone) as well as crystals of smoky quartz, feldspar, mica, and garnet.  It has been on exhibition just since Nov. 17.

At the IMAX Theater at the Museum, through Dec. 31, Roving Mars and Greece, Secrets of the Past are being shown.  Beginning Jan. 1, "Six favorite IMAX films from the past, voted by visitors to the Museum's website, are going to return for an encore presentation."
Thurs., Dec. 7, 3-5 p.m., "You are cordially invited to the Annual Holiday Community Appreciation Celebration at the CU Museum, Paleontology Hall. Please join the Museum’s faculty, staff, and Museum and Field Studies graduate students at this festive gathering.  Enjoy delicious desserts and music. Do not forget to visit the Museum Gift Shop, where you will find perfect gifts for family and friends. No RSVP is necessary. CU Museum, Henderson Building, Univ. of Colorado, Boulder, Main Campus, 15th and Broadway"
Call 303-492-6892 or visit for more information
Fri.-Sun., Dec. 8-10, Flatirons Gem and Mineral Show, sponsored by the Flatirons (Boulder) Gem and Mineral Society, Boulder County Fairgrounds Exhibit Building, 9595 Nelson Rd. (Nelson & Hover), Longmont, CO, Fri. 10-7, Sat. 9-6, Sun. 10-4.  See  
Held in conjunction with the Boulder Model Railroad Club show too.   [P.S., at 11 a.m. on Sunday at the show, there will be a slide presentation on "Pegmatites, Source of the World's Best Mineral Treasures", by Pete Modreski]
Dec. 9, Colorado Springs Mineralogical Society Silent Auction, another opportunity to buy interesting specimens and socialize with "people who like rocks".  At the Silverwood Hotel (505 Popes Bluff Trail, just north of Garden of Gods Road a few blocks west of I-25 exit 146, Colorado Springs).  All are welcome. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Sun., Dec. 10, the Florissant Scientific Society is an informal group that meets monthly for lunch followed by a geological talk.  Their meeting this month will be at 1 p.m. at the Woodland Park Library (downstairs computer room), preceded by lunch at 11:30 at the Casa Grande Restaurant, Woodland Park.  The talk will be by Bill Hawes, "world-class fossil collector and one of the world's experts on fossil insects, with new species and bugs named for him, and former lead preparator for Collector's Edge", on "Fossil Insects of the Rio Blanco Site in the Green River Shales".   All are welcome; no charge, lunch is "Dutch treat".  For further info you may contact David Atkins,
Tues., Dec. 12, latest meeting of Cafe Scientifique at the Wynkoop Brewery, 6:30 p.m., 18th & Wynkoop Streets, Denver,
 WHAT'S ALL THE HULLABALOO OVER DYING ASPEN? WHAT WE KNOW AND DON'T KNOW,  by Wayne D. Shepperd, PhD, Research Silviculturist, U.S. Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Ft. Collins, CO.  No charge (but you pay for the beer), no reservations needed, and all are welcome.  See
Wed., Dec. 13,
Denver Museum of Nature and Science, a special IMAX Theater presentation, Postcards from Mars: The Amazing Adventures of Spirit and Opportunity.  "During this special evening, see the IMAX film Roving Mars and hear firsthand from a lead scientist on the Mars rover mission..."   see


Dec. 19th - FREE NSDL web seminar: Computational Science
NSDL/NSTA Web Seminar 5:  Learning by Doing—Computational Science, Dec. 19, 2006, 4:30-6:00 MST
Presenters: Patricia Jacobs and Bethany Hudnutt from CSERD
Visual models and simulations are powerful methods of using technology in the classroom. Computational Science helps students learn how to use technology to solve problems and to visualize concepts. Learn about Computational Science and explore a variety of fun and interactive math and science models and activities. Resources and experts Patricia Jacobs and Bethany Hudnutt from the Computational Science Education Reference Desk (CSERD) of NSDL will be featured. CSERD provides resources for both formal and informal education programs in math and science.   This seminar is for teachers of 2nd-7th grades. Register today!

Thurs., Dec. 21, 7:00 p.m., Colorado Scientific Society, monthly meeting and President's Address, "A New Look at Old Friends--the Paleogeography of the Ancestral Rocky Mountains", by Chuck Kluth, Colorado School of Mines.  At the American Mountaineering Center, 710 10th St. (NE corner with Washington St.), Golden.  No charge, all are welcome.  For more information and an abstract of the talk see

January 4, 2007: Western Interior Paleontological Society (WIPS) monthly meeting at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Ricketson Auditorium.  7:00 PM.  No...Not Tentacles.  Tentaculites! by John M. Ghist, Past-President of WIPS.  All are welcome.
January 12-14, 2007: Denver Area Mineral Dealers first annual show. Featuring minerals, fossils, gemstones, lapidary supplies, and jewelry from 10 local vendors. Free admission and free parking. Daily door prizes.  Holiday Inn Denver West, 14707 W. Colfax Ave., Golden, CO. Fri & Sat. 10:00 - 6:00, Sun 11:00 - 5:00.
February 23-25, 2007: Gem and Mineral Show, sponsored by the Denver Gem and Mineral Guild, Jefferson County Fairgrounds, Golden, CO.  (more information will be forthcoming)
March 3-4, 2007 WIPS (Western Interior Paletontological Society) Founders Symposium, Inscribed in Stone: Evolution and the Fossil Record; What's new, what's true, and how to teach it.  Green Center, Colorado School of Mines, Golden; see ; discount registration and continuing educ. credit available for teachers.
A final note, always open to the public free of charge, is the Dinosaur Ridge Visitors Center, at 16831 W. Alameda Parkway, between Lakewood and Morrison (just west of the Alameda overpass over C-470).  Aside from self-guided walking tours of the dinosaur track and bone fossils on the Dakota Hogback, the Visitors Center has a large selection of books, dinosaur replicas, mineral specimens, and many, many other items of interest to kids and adults.  Winter hours are from 9-5 Monday-Saturday, 11-5 Sundays.  For more information call 303-697-3466 or see

Nearby and also of much interest is the Morrison Natural History Museum, with excellent dinosaur fossil displays as well as live reptiles and amphibians.  Hours are 10-5 Tuesday through Saturday, closed Mondays and Sunday.  For more information call 303-697-1873 or see
































































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