Thursday, August 05, 2004

Geoparks

A local community group here in County Kerry, Ireland, is seeking designation of their region as part of the European Geopark Network.

The landscape around Sneem, Castlecove and Caherdaniel offers superb evidences of ice age glaciation and folds in the Earth's crust that record collisions of continents hundreds of millions of years ago.

The European Geopark Network is meant to celebrate "Four billions years of story of the Earth to serve tomorrow." UNESCO plans to extend the concept worldwide.

Meanwhile, polls show that nearly half of Americans believe the universe is less than 10,000 years old.

As a few rural communities in Ireland look to "serve tomorrow," many school boards and creationist lobbying groups in the United States seek to serve up to our children a typical middle eastern creation myth from the distant past -- and pass it off as science.