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Dinosaur at display at the Geology Learning Center

The Arkansas Geological Survey's Geology Learning Center is located at 1911 Thayer St. in Little Rock. Its purpose is to give students of earth science, of all ages, direct exposure to rocks, minerals, fossils, and fossil fuels in the presence of geologists who are involved every working day with those materials. Displays will be changed as time permits. The Geology Learning Center has a display area that is divided into 5 sections and an auditorium for lectures, films and videos.

Introductory Section -- Provides a sample of some of the activities of the Arkansas Geological Commission. It presently includes a wide variety of maps used for many different purposes, and a display of the raw rock materials used in the nearly 1 million sample packets of rocks and minerals distributed by the Commission to the public over the past 40 years.

Economic Minerals -- A selection of some of the many rocks and minerals used by humans and some of the products obtained from these earth materials. Metal ores from Arkansas currently on display range from A (antimony) to Z (zinc) and nonmetallic raw materials from A (Arkansas Novaculite) to Q (quartz).

Fossil Fuels -- This area is devoted to Arkansas's fossil fuels -- petroleum, natural gas, coal and lignite. Information about their occurrence and how they are obtained is provided, and examples of some of the products obtained from them are shown.

Gems and Minerals -- A selection of some of the many minerals found in Arkansas, including the most valuable-- diamonds. A large natural quartz cavity is set into a diorama of the vein-bearing wall of a local mine.  A dark room contains an impressive display of minerals that fluoresce in black (ultra-violet) light.

Fossils -- Featuring life-sized models of a dinosaur (Arkansaurus fridayi) and a pterosaur.  Also shown are other vertebrate fossils, fossil trees, and some of the many important and fascinating invertebrate fossils found in Arkansas rocks.

Auditorium -- Has a seating capacity of about 50 and is equipped with overhead, 35-mm slide, and 16-mm film projectors and a large-screen television for video use. More than 30 films and 23 videos are currently available. Films cover (in alphabetic order) topics such as caves, dinosaurs, earthquakes, energy, erosion, faulting, fossils, geysers, glaciers, maps and mapping, minerals, natural resources, petroleum, planets, plate tectonics, the rock cycle, volcanoes, and water. Videos cover (in alphabetic order) aluminum, Arkansas's natural resources, dinosaurs, geologic history of Arkansas and the earth, maps and mapping, mineral resources, mining, NASA--various topics, New Madrid earthquake, quartz crystals, recycling and volcanic eruptions.

For guided visits for schools or other groups, we request that arrangements be made in advance. Adequate parking is available for school buses. Individuals are welcome at the Learning Center during regular hours, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.


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1911 Thayer Street

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Arkansas Geological Survey
3815 West Roosevelt Rd
Little Rock, AR 72204
Phone: 501-296-1877

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Arkansas Geological Survey
Vardelle Parham Geology Center
3815 West Roosevelt Road
Little Rock, AR 72204
Phone: 501-296-1877 | Fax: 501-663-7360
Business Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm

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