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“Stories in Stone” Virtual Field Trip Announcement

The Geological Society of Washington is pleased to present a virtual field trip experience, “Stories in Stone” hosted by author David Williams on Wed. Aug 26 at 8:00 pm ET. An invitation with a link to the Zoom virtual meeting is included below.

We will start the virtual meeting at 7:30 pm to allow some time for social connections and setup, and the event will start at 8:00 pm ET. We hope you can join!

Stories in Stone – Most people do not think of looking for geology from the sidewalks they travel, but for the intrepid geologist any good rock can tell a fascinating story. On this virtual walk, which incorporates illustrations and photographs, you will explore a range of rocks equal to any assembled by plate tectonics, from 3.5-billion-year-old gneiss to 120,000 years old travertine; a fossil rich limestone that is the most commonly used building stone in the United States, and the granite that led to the construction of the first commercial railroad in America. In this tour of building stone in the U.S. and Italy, I will discuss history, transportation, and architecture to give you a new way to appreciate urban geology. Plus, you’ll even be able to “visit” a couple of quarries and see where the stone originates.

Bio: David B. Williams is an author, naturalist, and tour guide and author of Stories in Stone: Travels Through Urban Geology, which forms the basis for this talk. He is also the author of the award-winning book Too High and Too Steep: Reshaping Seattle’s Topography, which explores the unprecedented engineering projects that shaped Seattle during the early part of the twentieth century, as well as Seattle Walks: Discovering History and Nature in the City and Cairns: Messengers in Stone. Williams is a Curatorial Associate at the Burke Museum. His next book, Homewaters: A Human and Natural History of Puget Sound, will be published in Spring 2021.

Day and Time: Aug 26, 2020 07:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

To Attend: Please e-mail Daniel Doctor for the Zoom link to attend.