In a series of entertaining essays, geoscientist Jelle Z. De Boer describes how early settlers discovered and utilized Connecticut's natural resources. Their successes as well as failures form the very basis of this state's history. For example, Chatham's gold played a role in the acquisition of its charter and Middletown's lead helped the Connecticut colony gain its freedom during the American Revolution. Fertile soils in the Central Valley fueled the state's development into an agricultural powerhouse and iron ores in the western highlands helped trigger its manufacturing eminence. Geology not only shaped the state's physical landscape, but also provided an economic base and played a cultural role by inspiring folklore, paintings, and poems. Even the Statue of Liberty, a quintessential symbol of America, rests on Connecticut's Stony Creek granite. In his talk, DeBoer will describe the marvel of Connecticut's geologic diversity and explain how past climates, earthquakes, and meteorites impact the people who made Connecticut their home. De Boer is the author of Stories in Stone: How Geology Influenced Connecticut History and Culture (Wesleyan University Press). There will be a book signing after the talk.
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