STORIES IN STONE: Travels Through Seattle’s Urban Geology
Hosted by the Northwest Chapter
Stories in Stone - 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. On this virtual walk, which incorporates illustrations, photographs, and video maps, you will explore a range of rocks equal to any assembled by plate tectonics, from 3.5-billion-year-old gneiss to 120,000 years old travertine; fossils the size of cinnamon rolls, and rock used by the Romans to build the Colosseum.
In this tour of Seattle building stone, based on the book, Stories in Stone: Travels Through Urban Geology (which was a finalist for the Washington State Book Award), David B. Williams will discuss history, transportation, and architecture to give you a new way to appreciate urban geology. Plus, you’ll even be able to “visit" a couple of quarries and see where the stone originates.
David B. Williams is an author, naturalist, and tour guide whose award-winning book Too High and Too Steep: Reshaping Seattle’s Topography explores the unprecedented engineering projects that shaped Seattle during the early part of the twentieth century. He is also the author of Seattle Walks: Discovering History and Nature in the City and Stories in Stone: Travels Through Urban Geology, which discusses the geological and cultural history of building stone from the United States and Italy. Williams is also a Curatorial Associate at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture. His upcoming book, Homewaters: A Human and Natural History of Puget Sound, will be published in April 2021.
Please visit the ICAA NW website for more information.
NOTE: a zoom link will be sent by email three (3) days prior to the event date to all registrants.
This event is hosted by an ICAA Chapter. Please check the Chapter website or contact the Chapter directly, for the most up-to-date details including dates, times, and pricing.
8:00 - 9:15PM EST