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White Mountains Geology Workshop


Date: October 19, 2013 (rain date Oct. 20)

Learn all about the geology of the White Mountains at this popular autumn geology workshop led by geologist Woody Thompson of the Maine Geological Survey. The workshop explores the glacial geology of the northern White Mountain region and the history of geological exploration and understanding of the area.

The workshop will begin with an informal classroom presentation and then proceed to sites of geological interest in the northern White Mountains region. Exact locations will be based on Thompson's ongoing geological explorations, but may include sites in Pinkham Notch, Shelburne, Gorham, Randolph, Twin Mountain, or other areas.

Thompson will introduce participants to the bedrock and glacial geology of the region, and share findings from his studies about the early geological researchers of the area. He'll help participants discern hidden clues about the glaciers that once covered the area, and explain the process of deglaciation that occurred several thousand years ago. Both field techniques and laboratory follow-up will be considered, with a special emphasis on geological fieldwork.

Thompson has extensive practical and research familiarity with the region, and is a co-author of the newly published book "The Geology of New Hampshire's White Mountains." He has led this well-received workshop for several years, and makes the content appropriate for all experience levels. Past participants have ranged from complete novices to teachers and geological professionals alike.


The workshop will meet at 8:30 am and conclude at 4:30 pm. It will begin at the Mount Washington Observatory Weather Discovery Center in North Conway, NH


The fee for supporting members of the nonprofit Mount Washington Observatory is $95 and $115 for non-members. The fee includes instruction and all associated materials.


Reservations may be made through this website or by phone at (603) 356-2137, ext. 225. Space is limited, so advance reservations are strongly encouraged. Refunds will be made available through October 5, 2013.

Physical Requirements

No lengthy, strenuous hiking is involved, but participants should be in good physical condition.

Gear Requirements

Participants should dress for hiking, and come equipped with warm clothing, rain gear, and sturdy footwear. Participants should also pack a trail lunch and water.


Participants will provide their own transportation to and from field locations. Car pooling amongst participants will be encouraged.

Suggested Reading

For those interested in learning more, we have compiled a reading list of related reference materials.




Michelle Cruz
Director of Education
(800) 706-0432, ext. 225

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