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Oklahoma author discusses new book on rocks and minerals

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Devin Dennie recently discussed his new all-ages book, “My Book of Rocks and Minerals”
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NORMAN, Okla. -- Devin Dennie, an author, filmmaker and scientist recently discussed his new all-ages book My Book of Rocks and Minerals at the Piedmont Library.
 
“Colorful and informative, My Book of Rocks and Minerals gives kids the expert knowledge they crave and will have them digging deep to discover all they can about rocks, minerals, gems, and fossils,” Dennie said.
 
Dennie led an informative presentation about Oklahoma’s geological history and the features of rocks and fossils. Attendees learned how Oklahoma plays such a vital role in the oil and gas industry and had the opportunity to have their book signed by the author. 
 
“I came from a place where there were no rocks, it was dirt,” Dennie said. “A lot of people don’t realize we have a lot of perspective on the rocks in Oklahoma.”
 
He added people from around the country are coming to Oklahoma due to the varieties and qualities of the rocks, minerals and fossils present here.
 
“I had a great time speaking at the Piedmont Library and my passion is to teach kids about the exciting scientific discoveries they can make in their own back yard,” Donnie said.
 
Dennie recorded his first video with his friend 17 years ago while in college. After moving to Oklahoma, Dennie made several documentaries including “Oklahoma Rocks!” which was screened at festivals and at Oklahoma City Public Schools. 
 
Along with books and documentaries, Dennie has launched “Geology Kitchen”, a twelve episode online video series that uses food metaphors o explain earth science. Geology Kitchen is geared towards students and educators are encouraged to use the episodes as part of their educational curriculum. 
 
The video series has been very successful with some videos having over 100,000 views on YouTube. Educators across the state leave enthusiastic praise on the site. 
 
“Great video. Thanks so much. We used these experiments in our homeschooling class today,” wrote Valerie Craven. Teresa Carey echoed with “Thank you! This completely helped me write my lesson on types of rocks for a 3rd-grade class, they loved the video!”. 
 
Dennie, who received his Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma in 2010, is a board member of the Oklahoma Geological Foundation and has more than a decade of experience in the oil and gas industry. 
 
For more information and to watch “Geology Kitchen”, visit the website. 

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