Backbone of the East: A journey through the geology of the Appalachian Trail
Tuesday March 29th
Room 417 Schermerhorn Hall
Summary: The Appalachian Trail stretches 2175 miles from Maine to Georgia, coming within sight of Manhattan at Bear Mountain State Park. Geology PhD student John Templeton will recount his 2004 southbound thru-hike of this footpath -- over five months, four hurricanes, and three gorgeous seasons of mountain scenery. The geologic history of the East coast shapes the mountain ranges -- from the deeply cut notches of Maine and New Hampshire, down the long ridges of the Alleghenian fold-and-thrust belt, to the highly metamorphosed rocks of the Blue Ridge. Beginning with a visual tour of the trail, set to authentic Appalachian banjo tunes, the talk will move on to both geologic history of the Appalachian Mountains, and the cultural history of the Trail itself.
John Templeton is a Ph.D. student in the department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, studying mechanisms and geodynamics of early-stage rifting and extension in the Basin and Range and the interaction of strike-slip and convergence tectonics in the Northern Caribbean. He received a B.S. in Geological Science from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hil in 2001. Prior to continuing his studies in the earth sciences at Columbia, John completed a Masters of Divinity at Wake Forest University and spent 5 months hiking the Appalachian Trail.
Future talks are scheduled for Tuesdays from 12:15-1:00pm in Room 417 Schermerhorn Hall. Attendees are welcome to bring their lunch.
All are welcome to attend!