Zeilinga de Boer Explains How Geology Influenced Connecticut Culture

Jelle Zeilinga de Boer, the Harold T. Stearns Professor of Earth Science, Emeritus, presented "Stories in Stone: How Geology Influenced Connecticut History and Culture" Nov. 19 in the Exley Science Center.

Jelle Zeilinga de Boer, the Harold T. Stearns Professor of Earth Science, Emeritus, presented “Stories in Stone: How Geology Influenced Connecticut History and Culture” Nov. 19 in the Exley Science Center. Fertile soil in the Central Valley fueled the state’s development into an agricultural power house, and iron ores discovered in the western highlands helped trigger its manufacturing eminence.

More than 100 students and faculty attended Zeilinga de Boer's talk.

More than 100 students and faculty attended Zeilinga de Boer’s talk. He explained that 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.

The talk was sponsored by the Earth and Environmental Sciences Department.

The talk was sponsored by the Earth and Environmental Sciences Department.

Zeilinga de Boer is the author of Stories in Stone: How Geology Influenced Connecticut History and Culture published by Wesleyan University Press in July 2009. The book is available online from The University Press of New England.