Geology of the C&O Canal with Potomac Conservancy

  • August 24, 2008 · 10:00 AM
  • River Center at Lockhouse 8

We may not have the Rockies in our back yard, but we have the roots of mountains that were as high as the Alps. Although local earthquakes are rare now, this area broke in two twice and an ocean flowed in. The C&O Canal's geology tells a story as fascinating as any place on the planet. Callan Bentley will use rock evidence to deduce geologic history of our region. The River Center is open Saturdays and Sundays from May 3 through October 26 from 10 am ?til 2 pm for tours of the lockhouse and interactive exhibits. Inside the River Center, the Conservancy installed a new exhibit, ?Backyard to the Bay,? that connects what happens on the land and the health of the Potomac River and the Chesapeake Bay. Visitors are guided by the Potomac Conservancy?s volunteer docents who lead tours, answer questions and discuss the historical and cultural significance of the C&O Canal and the Potomac River to the regional economy and the local quality of life. For additional information about the River Center at Lockhouse 8, contact Bridget Chapin, [masked] or visit www.potomac.org. About Potomac Conservancy Since 1993, the Potomac Conservancy has protected the health, beauty, and enjoyment of the Potomac River and its tributaries. Its conservation programs address the goals of improving water quality, protecting the river?s scenic integrity, enhancing recreational resources, and building an informed and engaged constituency, using a range of tools, including restoration, permanent protection, advocacy, and citizen education and engagement.

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  • Carie

    The speaker was awesome and very knowledgeable.

    August 24, 2008

  • Robert T.

    Excellent presentation about the rocks and natural history of this part of the world.

    August 24, 2008

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    A former member

    I really enjoyed this talk about geology in the region, given by Callan Bentley. He had very vivid descriptions to explain geology and what to look for in the rocks in the region. It was a nice mix of lecture and hands-on exploration of the area. It was also nice to see what Potomac Conservancy has been doing to renovate Lockhouse 8 on the C&O canal.

    Callan Bentley's website
    http://www.nvcc.edu/home/cbentley/

    August 24, 2008

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