“Washington Rocks!” short course from Smithsonian

With a behind-the-scenes tour of the Geology and Mineral Sciences Department of the Natural History Museum

Fri., May 18—June 8, 12 noon to 1:30 p.m.

Beneath its heavily populated and vegetated surface, our Mid-Atlantic region shows evidence of an extraordinary history that spans more than a billion years of geologic time. From magma chambers to giant sharks to Himalayansized mountains and the breakup of several supercontinents, discover an epic tale of extraordinary dimensions—all hidden beneath our feet.

Join geologist Callan Bentley for a virtual exploration of the Blue Ridge, Piedmont, Massanutten Mountain, Shenandoah Valley, and the Coastal Plain. Your next day trip will never be the same!

MAY 18 Geographic and Chronological Overview and Introduction to Plate Tectonics and the Rock Cycle

MAY 25 Blue Ridge and Piedmont

JUN 1 Valley and Ridge, Appalachian Plateaus, Triassic Rift Basins and Coastal Plain

JUN 8 Behind-the-Scenes Tour of the Geology and Mineral Sciences Department, Natural History Museum

Bentley is an assistant professor of geology at Northern Virginia Community College and writes the geology blog, Mountain Beltway.

4 sessions

5/18-6/01/2012 S. Dillon Ripley Center
1100 Jefferson Drive, SW
6/08/2012 National Museum of Natural History
1000 Constitution Avenue, NW
Quick Tix Code: 1J0-689

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