+sexyboo Posted January 8, 2012 Share Posted January 8, 2012 When I first read about EarthCaches, I was excited. The idea of encouraging people to learn about earth sciences was gratifying and exciting. However, when it comes to the reality of setting up an EarthCache, the truth is far from exciting. In fact, the restrictive nature of the rules ends up precluding the use of MANY types of actual earth sciences! The bias towards Geology is evident in the caches allowed for inclusion. Definitionally, earth science incorporates, all of the following: The following fields of science are generally categorized within the geosciences: Geology Physical geography covers the aspects of geomorphology, oceanography, climatology and biogeography - PARTS NOT ALLOWED Geophysics and geodesy investigate the shape of the Earth, Soil science Oceanography and hydrology - NOT ALLOWED Glaciology Atmospheric sciences - NOT ALLOWED Strangely, many of these are not even allowed as EarthCaches yet here we are, excluding some sciences that are rightly called Earth Science in favor of geology. If we look at the purpose of the EarthCache, it is one of both education and entertainment. Excluding valid Geosciences eliminates many avenues of education. I would ask that Groundspeak reconsider allowing these sorts of EarthCaches to give cachers a richer educational experience. Quote Link to comment
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