Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – January 12, 2011

EarthCaching is a great way to combine science education and Geocaching.

EarthCaches are locations that people can visit to learn about a unique geoscience feature or aspect of our Earth. Visitors to EarthCaches can see how our planet has been shaped by geological processes, how we manage resources and how scientists gather evidence to learn about the Earth.

This week marks the 7th anniversary of the first EarthCache: “Earthcache I – a simple geology tour of Wasp Head” (GCHFT2) in New South Wales, Australia by geoaware. The listing went live on January 10th, 2004 and 96 people have since logged a smiley.

If you are considering submitting an EarthCache for review, please read the updated EarthCache listing guidelines. The wording of the guidelines has been clarified and the guideline about logging requirements has been separated into two guidelines: one about logging tasks, one about logging photographs.

Important points about the EarthCache guidelines:

• Any requests for photos are considered optional.

• Logging requirements should be centered on the Earth Science at the location.

• You will need to provide the reviewer some information about permission or your EarthCache publication will be delayed.

• If your EarthCache is not quite publishable, you and the reviewer will work together to ensure that it meets the guidelines.