EARTH Magazine: On the trail of treasure in the Rocky Mountains

February 20, 2015

Alexandria, VA - Can you find the famed treasure chest of Forrest Fenn? Join EARTH roving correspondent Mary Caperton Morton on her quest to find the treasure chest, valued at between $1 million and $2 million dollars, which Fenn, a New Mexico antiquities dealer, has hidden somewhere in the Rocky Mountains north of Santa Fe.

Fenn, whose poem provides the nine clues to the chest's location, is dissected by Morton using knowledge of Fenn's life and geoscience to identify potential hiding spots. Morton joins the estimated 30,000 people who are hunting for the chest. Read about her quest in the March/April 2015 issue of EARTH Magazine:

For more stories about the science of our planet, check out EARTH magazine online or subscribe at The March issue, now available for download features stories on the asbestos controversy unfolding in Nevada, new satellite maps of carbon dioxide sources, and lingering hazards following the 2014 South Napa earthquake.
Keep up to date with the latest happenings in Earth, energy and environment news with EARTH magazine online at: Published by the American Geosciences Institute, EARTH is your source for the science behind the headlines.

The American Geosciences Institute is a nonprofit federation of 50 geoscientific and professional associations that represents more than 250,000 geologists, geophysicists and other earth scientists. Founded in 1948, AGI provides information services to geoscientists, serves as a voice of shared interests in the profession, plays a major role in strengthening geoscience education, and strives to increase public awareness of the vital role the geosciences play in society's use of resources, resiliency to natural hazards, and interaction with the environment.

American Geosciences Institute

Related Geoscience Articles from Brightsurf:

Geoscience data group urges all scientific disciplines to make data open and accessible
Institutions, science funders, data repositories, publishers, researchers and scientific societies from all scientific disciplines must work together to ensure all scientific data are easy to find, access and use, according to a new commentary in Nature by members of the Enabling FAIR Data Steering Committee.

Expanded networks, faculty mentorship bolster female undergrads' pursuit of geoscience
To retain more undergraduate women in geoscience majors, a supportive network that includes faculty mentorship seems to be a key driver, according to a new study led by Colorado State University.

The 2016 AGI Status of the Geoscience Workforce Report: Positive trends in a hard time
The Status of the Geoscience Workforce Report, is biennial comprehensive report on educational, employment, and economic indicators in the geosciences report.

EARTH: Bringing geoscience to bear on the problem of abandoned mines
Last summer's Gold King Mine waste water spill added momentum to the national dialog on remediating abandoned mine lands.

Geoscience for the Public Good and Global Development: Toward a Sustainable Future
This new book from the Geological Society of America emphasizes 'geological stewardship for the good of humankind.' In the their introduction, editors Gregory Wessel and Jeffrey Greenberg write, 'The challenge of doing science for the public good is not for the faint-hearted.

AGI releases The Geoscience Handbook: AGI Data Sheets, Fifth Edition
For more than 40 years, AGI's Data Sheets have been a critical tool for the geoscientist in the field, the lab, and the classroom.

Celebrating 50 years of geoscience in the mid-continent
The 50th Annual Meeting of GSA's North-Central Section will take place on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on April 18-19.

AGI releases the 2016 Directory of Geoscience Departments
The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is pleased to announce the 51st edition of The Directory of Geoscience Departments.

Fifty years of geoscience in the South-Central US
Geoscientists from the south-central US and beyond will convene in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to discuss new science, expand on existing science, and explore the unique geologic features of the region.

Dr. Scott Burns recognized for his contribution to the public understanding of geoscience
Scott Burns, engineering geologist and geomorphologist and media personality was recognized by the American Geosciences Institute with its Outstanding Contribution to the Understanding of Geoscience award.

Read More: Geoscience News and Geoscience Current Events is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to