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Stories in Stone

Sat., Nov. 3, 2012 | 10 am


Most people do not look for geology in the sidewalks of Seattle, but for the intrepid geologist any good rock can tell a fascinating story. The stones that built downtown Seattle provide a range of rocks equal to any assembled by plate tectonics. David Williams will lead a 1.5-mile-long walk to discover fossils as large as cinnamon rolls, rock used by the Romans to build the Colosseum, and stones ranging from 3.5-billion to 120,000-years-old.  Along the way he will discuss history, geology, architecture, and give you a new way to appreciate the urban wilds of Seattle.

David B. Williams is a naturalist, writer, and Seattle native who wields a degree in geology to explore the natural world in an urban setting. His newest book is Cairns: Messengers in Stone, which explores these amazing piles of stone from the world. Prior to that he wrote Stories in Stone: Travels Through Urban Geology, an exploration of the cultural and natural history of building stone, and The Seattle Street-Smart Naturalist: Field Notes from the City. To learn more about David, visit  http://geologywriter.com/.

The cost is $25 per person and preregistration is required by October 30th. Each tour is limited to 15 participants and will meet at the pergola in Pioneer Square at 1st Avenue and Yesler Way. For further information and to register, please contact David Giblin at dgiblin@uw.edu or call 206-543-1682.

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