The Geology of the Mid-Atlantic Region
Sat., Feb. 9, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Optional walking tour Sun., Feb. 10, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Beneath its heavily populated and vegetated surface, our Mid-Atlantic region has an extraordinary history spanning more than a billion years of geologic time. Join geologist and Washington native Callan Bentley as he reveals evidence of magma chambers, giant sharks, Himalayan-sized mountains, and the breakup of several supercontinents. Discover what’s hidden just beneath our feet in this fascinating day-long exploration.
10 to 11:15 a.m. A Geographic and Chronological Overview and Introduction to Plate Tectonics and the Rock Cycle
11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. The Blue Ridge Province and Shenandoah National Park
12:45 to 2 p.m. Lunch
Participants provide their own lunch.
2 to 3:15 p.m. The Piedmont Province and Massanutten Synclinorium
3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Triassic Rifting of Pangaea and the Layers of the Coastal Plain
On Sunday morning, enjoy an optional walking tour as Bentley shows you some of the aspects of geological history hidden in Washington.
Bentley is assistant professor of geology at Northern Virginia Community College and writes the geology blog Mountain Beltway.
QUICK TIX CODE: 1J0-719 (seminar only)
Ripley Center, Smithsonian
Members $90; Senior Members $87; Gen. Admission $130
QUICK TIX CODE: 1J0-720 (seminar plus optional Sunday walking tour)
Members $110; Senior Members $99; Gen. Admission $150
Meet at Amazonia (Rock Creek Park entrance)in the National Zoo, 10:30 a.m.
Hear Callan Bentley discuss the Alleghanian Orogeny, a process of late-Paleozoic mountain-building in Virginia