Discover the Mappy Halloween Treasure Hunt and More

ESRI has put together a fun Halloween themed Geography Treasure Hunt that uses their story map technology to test your halloween trivia and world geography knowledge. Good luck.

Another exciting Halloween opportunity for those in the Ames area is Reiman Gardens Spirits in the Gardens event. Participants will enjoy walking through a garden path of hundreds of beautifully carved pumpkins. It is a ticketed event, registration information here. IowaView staff member, Amy Logan, will be at the event on Sunday, November 1st from 5-7pm, discussing remote sensing and GIS and handing out goodie bags of Earthshot trading cards while supplies last.

Mappy Halloween!

Iowa Absentee Voter Return Map

Happy Wednesday! Here is a map from the Iowa State University Extension Community and Economic Development showing the percent of absentee ballots returned in Iowa by county. There is also a layer that shows percentage of absentee ballots returned by party. This map will be updated regularly as we move towards the election.

New Video Tutorials Available from VirginiaView

VirginiaView, in partnership with Virginia Tech and other partners, recently published a new video tutorial series called “Working with Lidar Using ArcGIS Pro”.   This resource is appropriate for 2-year and 4-year college faculty who would like to integrate additional online (and self-paced) educational resources with their courses.

Previous tutorial topics have also been popular with geospatial professionals who are seeking a cost effective and self-paced opportunity to sharpen their geospatial skills.  The new tutorial series (and other topics listed below) might be appropriate for professionals working with local/regional/state/federal governments, as well as in the private sector.

The following geospatial video tutorials are available at no cost, and can be accessed via

New!  Working with Lidar Using ArcGIS Pro (14 videos)

Remote Sensing with ArcGIS Pro (28 videos)

Remote Sensing with ArcMap (30 videos)

Using Lidar in ArcGIS Desktop (13 videos)

Drones: Mastering the Aeronautical Charts (6 videos)

Earth Science Week – Day 7: International Archaeology Day

Today we finishing out Earth Science Week by celebrating International Archaeology Day.

Consider exploring with archaeologists in field by touring at their dig sites at locations such as Pompeii, Italy or Achill Island, Ireland.

Participate in the ArchaeoDoodles Contest by choosing one of 15 archaeological terms and create a graphic or doodle based on the term

Visit the Earth Science Week website for additional activities and resources.

Earth Science Week – Day 6: Geologic Map Day

Today we are celebrating Geologic Map Day, to promote awareness of geologic mapping and its importance to society.

Here is a map of the Bedrock Geologic Map of Iowa created by a team at the Iowa Geological and Water Survey. For details about each of the geologic regions click here to read the report.

To view map details click on the map.

Which landform region are you living in?
Find your place on the map and learn more about each of the Iowa Landforms.

Visit the Iowa Landforms Revealed by Gregg Hadish. These images were featured in a series of blog posts on the IowaView website last fall.

Visit the official Geologic Map Day site for learning activities and resources.

Earth Science Week – Day 5: Geoscience for Everyone Day

Today we celebrate that the geosciences are for everyone.

Below are links to organizations focused on encouraging all people to get involved in the geosciences.

American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES)

Association for Women Geoscientists (AWG)

Earth Science Women’s Network (ESWN)

International Association for Geoscience Diversity (IAGD)

National Association of Black Geoscientists (NABG)

National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals (NOGLSTP)

Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)

Women in Coastal Geoscience & Engineering

Women in GIS

Earth Science Week – Day 4: National Fossil Day

Today we are celebrating National Fossil Day!

Check out this cool coloring book as well as bonus pages. Learn about ancient plants and creatures as you color your way through this booklet. What is your favorite creature?

Geologic Resources Division
“Foerstediscus splendens” is an extinct echinoderm (a member of the group including sea stars, sea urchins, and sea lilies) known as an edrioasteroid (seated star) that lived during the Ordovician. Fossils of “Foerstediscus” have been found at Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, Minnesota.

Have you ever been fossil hunting? If you are interested in collecting fossils, you should plan an adventure to the Fossil and Prairie Park Preserve in Rockford, Iowa. It gives you a chance to find your own fossils.

Did you know that Iowa is only one of a handful of state’s that doesn’t have a state fossil? There is currently a proposal for the Crinoid to become Iowa’s State Fossil. Crinoids are a class of animals called echinoderms that first appears on the earth about 500 million years ago. They have two form, sea lilies (stalked form attached to the sea floor) and feather stars (free-living.) Learn more about the Crinoid at the Cedar Valley Rocks and Mineral Society website.

Check out the National Park Service – National Fossil Day website for more activities and information about fossils.

Earth Science Week – Day 3: Earth Observation Day

Happy Earth Observation Day!

Today we are celebrating remote sensing, the study of the earth using secondary observations from instruments such as planes, kites, drones, satellites as an exciting and powerful educational tool to help us show changes over time.

This year the AmericaView/NASA team has put together a fun and beautiful educational poster!

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Earth Science Week – Day 3: No Child Left Inside Day

Get outside today. Take a kid outside and enjoy the beautiful world around us.

Here are a list of suggested activities to help celebrate this day:

Check out the Earth Science Week No Child Left Inside webpage for additional resources and details.

Earth Science Week – Day 2: Minerals Day

Today think about how you use minerals in your daily life.

Join the Earth Science Week team in raising awareness of and appreciation for minerals and mineralogy among the general public as well as K-12 and higher education students and teachers in both formal and informal educational settings.

Check out the Earth Science Week Minerals Day webpage for more resources.