stories in stone april 27th

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stories in stone april 27th

35.00

Most people do not think of looking for geology on the sidewalks of Seattle, but for the intrepid geologist, any good rock can tell a fascinating story.  All one has to do is look at building stone downtown to discover a range of rocks equal to any assembled by plate tectonics.  Building stones tell the stories of our cultural and natural history.  On this 1.5 mile walk, we will explore stone ranging from ancient (3.5 billion years old) to nascent (just 120,000 years old), see fossils as large as a cinnamon roll, as well as the same type of rock used by the Romans to build the Colosseum.  We will discuss history, geology, and architecture to give field trippers a newfound appreciation for the urban wilds of Seattle.

David B. Williams is a naturalist, author, and educator whose award-winning book Too High and Too Steep: Reshaping Seattle’s Topography explores the unprecedented engineering projects that shaped Seattle during the early part of the twentieth century. He is also the author of Seattle Walks: Discovering History and Nature in the CityThe Street-Smart Naturalist: Field Notes from the CityStories in Stone: Travels Through Urban Geology and co-author of Waterway: The Story of Seattle’s Locks and Ship Canal. Williams is a Curatorial Associate at the Burke Museum and is presently working on a book about human and natural history of Puget Sound. 

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time: Saturday, April 27th 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

place: Downtown Seattle, location details given upon sign-up. Please dress for walking and weather.

Payments for field trips and classes are non-refundable, though they may be transferred to another person (your new best friend!).  All sales are final.  If class is cancelled due to instructor illness or lack of enrollment, full refunds will be issued.