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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.
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)
The Piedmont Province and Massanutten Synclinorium
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.
S. Dillon Ripley Center
1100 Jefferson Dr SW
Metro: Smithsonian (Mall exit)