The Downeast Lakes Land Trust is pleased to welcome Professor Bill Menke from the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University. Dr. Menke will offer attendees a unique view of Maine’s landscape. Currently dominated by beautiful lakes, forests and seashore; Maine’s rocks often go unnoticed. However, they offer a window into a time of intense geologically activity. Maine once had seismic faults on par with California as well as mountains tall as the Sierras and volcanoes which rivaled the Pacific’s Ring of Fire. Dr. Menke will discuss how those distant geologic foundations even now continue to shape Maine.
When Maine was California: How Earthquakes and Volcanoes Made the Maine We Know and Love