Washington, CT--A Look Back Through Geologic Time in Connecticut

Oct 02 2018

Washington, CT–A Look Back Through Geologic Time in Connecticut

October 11, 2018 @ 6:30 pm
The Gunn Memorial Library
5 Wykeham Rd
Washington, CT 06793

Geologist Ray Underwood, a Washington CT resident and native of New Preston/Marbledale will deliver a talk & visual presentation on Connecticut’s geological timeline.

At different times in Connecticut’s geologic history there were mountains that rivaled the Himalayas, it was connected to Western Europe, Ireland, and Africa, the region was buried under a mile of ice and the Atlantic Ocean tried to split it in two. All of this and more has been deciphered from the “evidence in our rocks”. Connecticut’s geologic history, currently cloaked mostly by our forests and farm lands, has at different times been much more “active”. As we take a closer look with geoscience providing the answers, a varied and interesting story emerges. This talk will explore the reasons our hills came to be and the complexity of our local, state, and regional environment. Geology is “the forensic science” with subjects such as plate tectonics, mountain building, earthquakes and faulting, paleo magnetism, etc. The evidence and implications of these will be discussed with an emphasis on Connecticut geologic points of interest. Perhaps as you’ve traveled you’ve noticed the difference between the Hartford valley, Northwestern hills, western New York State, etc? The principal objective of this talk is to assist the listener in understanding “the clues in our rocks” and the implications for environmental issues today and for our future.

Ray Underwood received his Bachelor and Master’s degree in Geosciences from University of Connecticut. He is a Kleinfelder field geologist, Geodesign field geologist and specializes in structural geology and quantitative analysis utilizing 3D imaging. Ray is also a NEIGC Field trip leader and charter member of Connecticut State Geological Association. He serves as an Adjunct Professor at UConn Torrington.

FREE and open to the public, but registration is requested.
Please call 860-868-7586 for further information or visit www.gunnlibrary.org