Annual General Meeting

2009-06-11 12:00:52.000 – Karen Hemeon,  Membership & Events Coordinator

The Granite Landscape

‘Unlike forested landscapes, whose histories are measured in centuries, the forces that have shaped domes of granite involve the deep time of mountain building and the slow work of ice, wind, fire, lichen, and heath. By gaining a deeper understanding of what makes granite domes look and feel as they do, it is my hope that you will experience these compelling landscapes in new and exciting ways.’– Tom Wessels, on The Granite Landscape

You are cordially invited to join us on Saturday, June 20 at the beautiful Stone Mountain Arts Center in Brownfield, Maine, for a presentation by Tom Wessels on ‘The Granite Landscape.’ The presentation will follow the Mount Washington Observatory 2009 Annual Meeting, and is open for all to attend.

The annual meeting of members will begin at 5 p.m., followed by a beer and wine reception with light appetizers at 5:30 p.m. Family-style dinner will be served at 6 p.m. The speaker, esteemed author and ecologist Tom Wessels, will take the stage at 7 p.m.

Based on Wessel’s book, ‘The Granite Landscape: A Natural History of America’s Mountain Domes, from Acadia to Yosemite,’ the presentation will examine the unique qualities of exposed glaciated domes of granite that can be found in many of our northern mountain ranges. Major topics include the origins of granite, how it weathers into dome-shaped mountains, the patterns by which granite bedrock becomes cloaked in lichens, moss and heaths through outcrop succession, and how disturbances such as fire keeps these domes perennially exposed.

The second half of the program will explore the natural history specific to the granite domes of Acadia National Park, New Hampshire’s White Mountains, New York’s Adirondacks, Wyoming’s Wind Rivers, Montana’s Beartooths, Washington’s North Cascades and Yosemite National Park.

Tickets will be available through Monday, June 15, and can be purchased on our events page, or by calling (800) 706-0432 x230. Hope to see you there!


Karen Hemeon,  Membership & Events Coordinator

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