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The Geologic Past of the Mid-Atlantic Region

All-Day Program

Inside Science program

Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Code: 1L0265

Rocky outcropping in Shenandoah National Park

Who knew that beneath our feet is evidence of magma chambers, giant sharks, Himalayan-sized mountains, and the breakup of several supercontinents? Geologist and Washington native Callan Bentley leads a fascinating day-long exploration of the Mid-Atlantic region that traces an extraordinary history spanning more than a billion years of geologic time.

10–11:15 a.m.

A Geographic and Chronological Overview and Introduction to Plate Tectonics and the Rock Cycle

11:30 a.m.–12:45 p.m.

The Blue Ridge Province and Shenandoah National Park

12:45–2 p.m.  Lunch (participants provide their own)

2–3:15 p.m.

The Piedmont Province and Massanutten Synclinorium

3:30–4:30 p.m.

Triassic Rifting of Pangaea and the Layers of the Coastal Plain

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

Inside Science

S. Dillon Ripley Center
1100 Jefferson Dr SW
Metro: Smithsonian (Mall exit)