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Ribbon cutting of the Geological Walk Through Time and Map

Recently Energy in Depth – Ohio attended the ribbon cutting of the permanent Geological Walk Through Time and Map at the Natural Resources Park located on the grounds of the Ohio State Fair. It is a 286-foot-long educational brick path going through 450 million years of Ohio’s geologic history. The highlight of the exhibit is viewing one of the largest outdoor geological maps in the world, which depicts the bedrock geology of each of Ohio’s 88 counties.

This state bedrock map honors the 175th anniversary of the Ohio Geological Survey. The educational exhibit will encourage a better understanding of the importance of Ohio’s geologic history.

This map is 1:50,000 scale bedrock-geology that exists beneath the State of Ohio.

This project was spearheaded by former first lady Hope Taft. Her Geo sciences Committee spent several years planning and securing funding to design and build this hands on educational exhibit that will showcase why in her words “Ohio Rocks.” Of course, it will also teach future generations about Ohio’s geology.

I am very thankful that so many companies and the industry as well as so many others gave us the in kind help to make this exhibit possible – Hope Taft, Former First Lady of the State of Ohio

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources and the Ohio Geological Survey also played a major role in providing the information and knowledge base to build the walkway and the map.

This is a wonderful and unique teaching and learning opportunity for really thousands of Ohioans for years to come – Fred Shimp, Ohio Department of Natural Resources

It’s a great day to be a geologist in the State of Ohio! – Mac Swinford, Ohio Department of Natural Resources

Companies like Chesapeake, Belden Brick and Greenscape donated materials, time and funding to make sure this project reached the finished line.

We are thrilled to be here today at the Ohio Geological Walk Through we were happy to be a party of the unveiling of this walk though today as we were a financial contributor to making this reality for the State of Ohio – Amiee Belden, Cheaspeake Energy

This project is a great example of what can happen when government, industry and private citizens work together towards achieving a common goal. Fair goers and children for years will be able to run, climb and jump on these rocks while learning the rich and diverse history of Ohio’s geology which is currently providing and economic renaissance for our state.

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