Maine state geologist to appear on History show

Posted April 29, 2011, at 3:43 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Dr. Robert Marvinney, Maine’s state geologist, is expected to be featured in the first episode of a new History Channel program, “How the States Got Their Shapes.”

The episode, “A River Runs Through It,” will premiere at 10 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, and re-air at 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 4. It will examine “how water has literally shaped the states,” according to the History Channel’s website.

“The surprising history hidden in the blue, squiggly lines on the map: How the founding fathers might have made a mistake along the Georgia Tennessee border; how that boundary could actually change because of water; why Maine has so much — and why Nevada was left high and dry. All told the unique shapes of these states,” the website states.

Marvinney, director of the Maine Geological Survey under the state Department of Conservation, was interviewed last August by program host Brian Unger and the program’s producer, David Konschnik of Half Yard Productions, Bethesda, MD. He was interviewed on French Mountain in Rome, part of the Belgrade Regional Conservation Alliance.

The state geologist discussed how the landscape of Maine was formed and why Maine is such a water-rich state. The glaciers that once covered the state are a major factor, he said.

For more information about the program, go to  http://www.history.com/shows/how-the-states-got-their-shapes

For the History Channel slide show on Maine, go to http://www.history.com/photos/maine

For more information about the Maine Geological Survey, go to http://www.maine.gov/doc/nrimc/mgs/mgs.htm

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