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Earth Science Week: October 10-16, 2021

Release Number CB21-SFS.141

From the American Geosciences Institute, About Earth Science Week: “Since October 1998, the American Geosciences Institute has organized this national and international event to help the public gain a better understanding and appreciation for the Earth sciences and to encourage stewardship of the Earth. This year's Earth Science Week will be held from October 10 - 16, 2021 and will celebrate the theme "Water Today and for the Future." The coming year's event will focus on the importance of learning how to understand, conserve, and protect water, perhaps Earth's most vital resource.”


From the National Science Foundation, About Earth Sciences: “Earth science is the study of the Earth's structure, properties, processes, and four and a half billion years of biotic evolution. Understanding these phenomena is essential to maintenance of life on the planet. The expanding world population demands more resources; faces increasing losses from natural hazards; and releases more pollutants to the air, water, and land. Sustaining our existence requires scientific understanding of the natural materials and processes linking the geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere. Life prospers or fails at the surface of the Earth where these environments intersect.”

Key Stats

Source: 2019 American Community Survey (ACS), 1-Year Estimates. 

Note: The table above is modified to focus on the computer, engineering, and science occupations — especially life and physical scientists — for male and female civilian-employed population 16 years and over. Click on the image to see the full table.

More Stats

Sources: Workforce Origin and Destination Data [LODES 2018], 2010 Census Data, 2015-2019 American Community Survey (ACS) 5-Year Estimates, and other government agencies. See: Data Sources.

Note: The map above has “Recent Events” (as of 10/05/2021) turned off and “Legend & Map Controls” turned on. Click on the image to view the current full page, then click on any event to see detailed characteristics and other statistics.

From Surveys & Programs > Geography Program:

  • NAICS 54136, Geophysical Surveying and Mapping Services.
  • NAICS 54137, Surveying and Mapping (except Geophysical) Services.
  • NAICS 54171, Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences.

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