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|−|An '''Earthcache''' is a speacial place that people can visit to learn about a unique geoscience feature or aspect of our Earth. Earthcaches include a set of educational notes and cordinates to the area of geological interest. Visitors to Earthcaches can see how our planet has been shaped by geological processes, how we manage the resources and how scientists gather evidence to learn about the Earth. For more information about Earthcaches, visit [http://www.earthcache.org/ www.earthcache.org]. | |
|−|Earthcaches are now available as a [[waymarking]] category on [http://waymarking.com/ Waymarking.com], though older Earthcaches that were created before the posting of the official waymarking website have been grandfathered into the geocaching website. | |
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|−|For finding an Earthcache, a [ [geocacher] ] is able to log and receive an Earthcache [[icon]]. |+|
Revision as of 00:49, 18 July 2013
An EarthCache™ is a form of virtual cache. An EarthCache must be educational, teaching something about earth science as it relates to an area of geological interest. The logging requirements of an EarthCache must involve the visitor in an educational task of some sort, and must require more than mere proof that the visitor found the location. Also, new EarthCaches must be approved in advance by The Geological Society of America. For more information about EarthCaches, visit EarthCache.org.
In 2005, Geocaching.com stopped registering new virtual caches (including EarthCaches), although existing virtual caches were grandfathered. New virtual caches had to be registered as waymarks at Waymarking.com. However, in 2006, Geocaching.com started registering new EarthCaches again (but no other new virtual caches).
Geocachers who log a find for an EarthCache receive an EarthCache icon.