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Adventist Youth Honors Answer Book/Recreation/Geological Geocaching

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Geological Geocaching
General Conference

See also Geological Geocaching - Advanced

Skill Level 2
Year of Introduction: 2012

Earning this honor meets a requirement for:

1. Earn the Geology or Rocks and Minerals Honor.

This Wiki has a page with instructions and tips for earning the Geology honor.

This Wiki has a page with instructions and tips for earning the Rocks & Minerals honor.

2. Earn the Geocaching Honor.

This Wiki has a page with instructions and tips for earning the Geocaching honor.

3. Briefly explain the difference between sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic rock formation. Give examples of types of rocks/minerals in each category.

Sedimentary rocks
are those created by layers of silt, sand or clay that are laid down by rain, water, or wind. Examples of sedimentary rocks include limestone, siltstone, and dolostone.
Igneous rocks
are those created by heat such as through the volcanic process. Examples of igneous rocks include pumic and obsidian
Metamorphic rocks
undergo changes after they are originally created. For example igneous rocks may undergo dramatic heat change or pressure. Examples of these rocks include most minerals and granite.

4. Explain how water and wind are primary influences in changing the geology of a region or area. Give examples from your state or region.

Water and wind both are erosion and weathering factors. Towers, arches, valleys, and the dramatic views of layers of the geologic column are all examples of water and wind. Weathering of course has both mechanical and chemical components, though wind and water are primarily mechanical, when joined with organic forces, acid rain, and ice/snow can also result in chemical weathering.

5. Do one of the following individually or with a small group.

a. Visit and log on Geocaching.com five or more earthcaches.

b. Visit and log on Geocaching.com 3 types of earthcaches (from the list below).

List: Mineral/fossil Site, mining site, historical site, hydrological feature, geomorphological feature, river feature, cave/karst feature, coastal feature, erosional feature, fault/fold feature, sedimentary feature, metamorphic feature, igneous feature, glacial feature, other feature.

Earthcache.org contains a list of earthcaches that are classified by these terms. Not all earthcaches are currently classified. However, the terms are rather self-explanatory and once you view the descriptions for several earthcaches, it will be easy to see which feature they most closely classify to. An earthcache can only qualify for one classification for purposes of this honor.

c. Visit and log on Geocaching.com three or more earthcaches in two states/provinces/countries.

This requirement qualifies you to receive the Bronze Earthcache Master award from earthcache.org

6. Give a report to an instructor or group on the things you learned / experiences while completing the activity requirements of this honor. You may use presentation software, photos, or other presentation media as part of your report.

Here you get to share what you learned in this honor. Have fun.

7. Read the Creation story in Genesis 1:1-2:3.

You can read the story online here Genesis 1:1-2:3.

8. Discuss with an instructor, pastor, or qualified youth leader how Creationist Christians understand the formation of the earth in six literal days of creation. You may contrast this view with the Evolutionist view if necessary.

Discussion could include such factors as a pre-existent “without form and void” mass of rock that was simply waiting for God’s creative action; God’s ability to “instantly age” animals and humans, so likely rocks as well. Great resources include the Geoscience Research Institute, as well as many “Intelligent Design” articles and even children’s books available in print and online.

It may make a lot of sense to combine this discussion with the discussion required in the advanced version of the honor. While you must have earned the basic honor to complete the advanced honor you can definitely work on all the requirements together.