The Department of Earth Sciences at UNH is preparing to move out of James Hall for a
complete renovation - we will move back in January 2010! In preparation for the move, we
have sorted through many tons of minerals, rocks, fossils, and maps that have accumulated
in the building over the years. During the sorting process, we have identified many
items that are either redundant to the collection we are keeping or not critical to our
academic mission. Starting on Monday, June 23, we will be making these extra materials
available to students, teachers, collectors, friends of the department etc. Our hope is
that by distributing these materials to the wider community, we will plant many seeds of
discussion (and debate) about Earth science topics and thus increase their educational
Help yourself to the materials listed in the rooms below any time between
9:00-5:00 Monday to Friday, June 23-27 (all other rooms and times are off limits).
Please bring a bag and labeling materials - we have extra plastic bags to separate samples. The samples are being offered at no cost for individual and educational use. Donations are welcome and will be used to support student field trips (a lock box will be set out for this). These materials will be available for commercial dealers starting August 4 (dealers, please contact
firstname.lastname@example.org for details).
List of Rooms and the Materials Available:
James 23 - Common minerals and rocks (good for teachers);
James 35 - Unusual minerals and rocks (good for collectors);
James 119 - Fossils;
James 117 - Maps and Books;
ALL OTHER ROOMS ARE OFF LIMITS
Given the volume of materials that we have had to sort through, we were not able to check
the labels on most of these "extra" materials so don't necessarily believe what you read!
Associate Professor and Chair
Dept. Earth Sciences
University of New Hampshire
I wanted to alert you to the fact that access to James Hall is LIMITED TO THE FRONT, NORTH ENTRANCE due to work underway on the exterior. Be aware also that the bus stop and parking meters closest to James have been removed - - that area is all behind a chain-link fence. So is Library Way behind James Hall, and you must exit by the front door. (Emergency exits are available out the side and back.)
Parking is also limited, and my only suggestion is that you arrive prepared to walk several "blocks", for example from the Visitors Parking area near A lot, west of the railroad tracks. You might want to bring a pack, shoulder bags, or carry-on luggage type rack for trundling your samples back to your vehicle.
Check out the UNH parking website, which has a link to a nice map: http://www.unh.edu/transportation/visitor/visitorparking.htm
Egg boxes or other partitioned boxes make good carrying cases. We will have a very few boxes and plastic bags available - -better to bring your own.
See you next week!
Peter J. Thompson, Ph.D.
Affiliated Professor of Geology
University of New Hampshire
PO Box 73, Durham, NH 03824