The big blue bear at the Colorado Convention Center peers in at the 2010 annual Geological Society of America convention in Denver. More than 6,000 participants are giving about 3,700 presentations over 4 days. 56 associated societies (including PRI), 17 GSA divisions, and 160 exhibitors add to what will be a very busy week. Six PRI staff members are here, presenting, learning, meeting with colleagues, and selling PRI publications and plush trilobites at the PRI booth in the Exhibition Hall.
PRI and its Museum of the Earth is located in Ithaca, NY, and was founded in 1932 by Gilbert Harris, professor of geology at Cornell University, to house his collection and library, the Institution has gone through several expansions, most recently with the creation of the Museum of the Earth. The Museum contains 8000 square feet of permanent exhibits, telling the history of life on Earth through the geological record of the Northeastern U.S. Unique elements include the skeletons of the Hyde Park Mastodon and Right Whale #2030 and the 544 square foot mural, Rock of Ages Sands of Time.