On April 22nd, Wang Chengshan, academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), together with Zhang Hongtao, counselor of the State Council and former chief engineer of the Ministry of Land and Resources (MLR), inaugurated for CSCLR, the National Science Education Base. Professor Pan Mao from Peking University, Professor He Mingyue from China University of Geoscience (Beijing), Liu Shuchen, associate curator of the Geological Museum of China, and some related experts from China Geological Survey (CGS), attended the ceremony. So far, the total number of National Science Education Base has increased to 13 in MLR.

As the national geological cores and samples archives, CSCLR has collected about 400,000 m cores, 18,000 specimens, 420 large samples, and 40,000 thin sections, etc., since it was built in 2004. The Observation Room, Scanning Room, E- Reading Room and the Gallery equipped in CSCLR have ranked the first in domestic China and have reached the advanced level internationally. In recent years, CSCLR has interacted with some provincial geological museum on science popularization with “bringing in” and “going out” strategy. Some working members of CSCLR have gone out into the communities and universities to do thematic exhibitions, and invited the public, college students, and schoolchildren to visit CSCLR, which has undertook science popularization activities on resources and environment. According to statistics, CSCLR annually receives 8027 people, among which about 2027 are researchers and 6000 are visitors from the universities, schools and communities. Each year, CSCLR goes to the campus to carry out science activities for at least two times. It has been awarded the advanced MLR science education base for many times. In this year, after CSCLR was promoted to the National Science Education Base, its research and science popularization resources have been further utilized.

After the inauguration ceremony, Academician Wang Chengshan, Counselor Zhang Hongtao, and Professor He Mingyue, delivered a speech one by one successively by Energy Revolution and Climate Change, Energy Situation and Gas Hydrate, Value Decryption of Emerald, to more than 300 students from Peking University, China University of Geosciences (Beijing), China University of Mining (Beijing), North China Institute of Science and Technology, Institute of Disaster Prevention, Yanching Institute of Technology, and schoolchildren from No.6 Primary School of Yanjiao and Yanling Primary School. Before the report, the students excitedly visited the exchange thematic exhibitions of dinosaur fossils from Henan Geological Museum. By the World Earth Day activities, people become more and more conscious of the importance and urgencies of protecting the earth and saving the resources.