International EarthCache Day 2017

On Saturday, October 7 and Sunday, October 8, earn a new souvenir by learning about the Earth! All you have to do is go out and find an EarthCache during the weekend of International EarthCache Day 2017!

Above is Langness Arch – GC5B47P, a typical Earthcache (EC) but there are 8 other Earthcaches here on the Isle of Man. Take a look at this bookmark list for more information. An EarthCache site is a specific geological location that people can visit to learn about a unique geoscience feature or aspect of Earth. Visitors to EarthCache sites can see how our planet has been shaped by geological processes, how we manage resources, and how scientists gather evidence. As a part of geocaching an EarthCache adventure is treasure hunting for geological and geographical caches that Earth itself has stored.

The treasure is the lessons people learn about our planet.

Pebble Beach GC6R79B

Pebble Beach GC6R79B

If you are free on Monday 25th September at 2 p.m. you could pop along to the Ayres Visitor Centre car park, where the Isle of Man U3A Natural History Group , @NaturalHistoryU3AIOM, is meeting* and Dawn Dickens will be there to share her geology experience, looking particularly at the beach pebbles, identify the rock and try to determine where it originated. It’s a good opportunity to get some expert knowledge and maybe help you to log your find for GC6R79B. *This event is only open to members of the Isle of Man University of the Third Age, a charity providing educational opportunities for retired people. If you wish to join U3A, details are on their website.

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