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5 October 2000
International Earth Science Week launched in Australia
Dinosaurs, volcanoes and the beginning of time itself have been celebrated today with the 12 lucky winners of Geoscience Australia's "Earth Science is All Around Us" 2001 calendar competition. The 12 winners come from ACT & regional primary schools and are aged between 7 -12 years of age.
The winners were awarded their very own copies of the 2001 calendar today by Warren Entsch, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry Science and Resources at the launch of Earth Science Week 2000 activities.
Mr Entsch congratulated the winners of the Geoscience Australia calendar competition, which received entries from ACT and regional primary schools.
"I am extremely privileged to be able to award the prizes to the winners today," Mr Entsch said.
"Just looking at their drawings of every aspect of earth science, from erupting volcanos, to the star systems and even deep beneath the sea, tells us the baton of caring for our word is being passed on."
The award ceremony for the Geoscience Australia calendar competition is part of the week long celebration and activities to mark International Earth Science Week (8-14 October).The winners of the Geoscience Australia art competition are:
Mr Entsch summed up the importance of Earth Science Week to the community as our opportunity to honour the Earth as our one home.
"Just as we celebrate Mother's Day to pay homage to the person who loves and nurtures us, Earth Science Week is about showing our appreciation to the Earth for being the home that nourishes, protects and harbours us all," said Mr Entsch.
Earth Science Week gives us the opportunity to learn more about the world we live in, including the past, present and future of the planet.
It is a time to learn more about how the Earth was formed, how climates have changed over millions of years and how this has affected life on the planet.
Mr Entsch also took the opportunity to unveil the 'Parliament House Rock' Display, which shows the building stones that were used in the construction of Parliament House. The display will be open to the public and will run until the 15 October 2000.
Earth Science Week is supported by a variety of science and cultural organisations around Australia including:
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