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Spring 2023 Field Trip: Stories in Stone with David B. Williams
When: June 17, 10AM-12 Noon
Subject: Stories in Stone (Seattle Walking Tour)
Leader: David B. Williams, author, naturalist and tour guide.
Meeting place: Southeast corner of 1st Avenue and Madison Street in Seattle
Bring: Hand lens or magnifier, good walking shoes, water
There is no transportation on this trip. It is up to the participants to find their way to the start point on their own.
Description from David
Most people do not think of looking for geology from the sidewalks they travel, but for the intrepid geologist any good rock can tell a fascinating story. All one has to do is look at building stone in Seattle to find a range of rocks equal to any assembled by plate tectonics. Furthermore, building stones provide the foundation for constructing stories about cultural as well as natural history. In this 1.5 mile walk in downtown Seattle, David will explore stones ranging from 3.5-billion year old to 120,000 years old, the most commonly used building stone in the country, and rock used by the Romans to build the Colosseum. He will discuss history, transportation and architecture to give you a new way to appreciate urban geology.
David B. Williams is an author, naturalist and tour guide whose award-winning book, Homewaters: A Human and Natural History of Puget Sound is a deep exploration of the stories of this beautiful waterway. He is also the author of the award-winning book Too High and Too Steep: Reshaping Seattle’s Topography, as well as Seattle Walks: Discovering History and Nature in the City. Willams is a Curatorial Associate at the Burke Museum and writes a free weekly newsletter, the Street Smart Naturalist.
Limited to 20 participants to ensure all can hear.