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Release Date Friday, October 6, 2017

Public Invited to Bring Rocks, Fossils to Museum for Identification

RAPID CITY, S.D. (Oct. 6, 2017) – Members of the public are invited to bring their backyard fossil or rock finds to the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology Museum of Geology on Wednesday, Oct. 11, for the fifth annual Rock and Fossil ID Day.

The free event will be from noon-4 p.m. at the museum, third floor of the O’Harra Building on the SD Mines campus.

Paleontology staff and trained students from the Society of Economic Geologists, Tech Geological Association and Paleo Club will study and identify specimens and be available to answer questions.

Quartz is the most common rock brought for evaluation, according to museum staff, who emphasize the importance of knowing rules regarding removal of rocks and fossils from public lands.

The Museum of Geology offers exhibits focusing on paleontology and mineralogy. For additional information visit the museum online.

Click for a map of the South Dakota Mines campus.

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Founded in 1885, South Dakota Mines is one of the nation’s leading engineering, science and technology universities. South Dakota Mines offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees and a best-in-class education at an affordable price. The university enrolls 2,493 students with an average class size of 24. The South Dakota Mines placement rate for graduates is 97 percent, with an average starting salary of more than $68,685. For these reasons  South Dakota Mines is ranked among the best engineering schools in the country for return on investment. Find us online at www.sdsmt.edu and on FacebookTwitter, LinkedInInstagram, Snapchat, and TikTok.

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