Atlanta Audubon is pleased to offer this fascinating workshop with geologist and author Dr. Bill Witherspoon. Attendees will learn the geologic differences between Georgia’s regions. A slideshow with animations reveals how the Blue Ridge and Piedmont were assembled from separate pieces scattered across an ancient ocean. In a hands-on activity, attendees will learn to recognize local rocks and minerals. The rest of the program will focus on the geology of favorite outdoor spots in the Atlanta area, from Kennesaw Mountain and the Chattahoochee Palisades to the “monadnock madness” of Stone, Arabia, and Panola Mountains. Weather permitting, we will go outside to examine the geology of the Blue Heron Nature Preserve.
Dr. Witherspoon has taught geology to K-12 students and their teachers for 17 years at DeKalb County Schools’ Fernbank Science Center. He is co-author of Roadside Geology of Georgia, a full-color, 320-page guide that aims to engage the general reader with the earth science that lies behind Georgia’s natural wonders and history. Since publication in 2013 as part of Mountain Press Publishing’s popular series, more than 6,000 copies of the book have been sold.