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Colloquium Series at Weston Observatory

Weston Observatory, front view

For the complete 2016 Fall Colloquium Series and

field trip schedules click here.

col·lo·qui·um

1. An informal meeting for the exchange of views.

2. An academic seminar on a broad field of study, usually led by a different lecturer at each meeting.


On September 28, 2016 the Colloquium Series will present

Glacial or Non-Glacial?

Formation of the Sedimentary Sequence of the Boston Basin
   

Dr. Kenneth Galli, Ph.D.

Laboratory Manager and Lecturer

Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Boston College

Inaugural speaker of the James W. Skehan, S.J. Annual Geological Colloquium

Presentations will be from 7:00 to 9:00 PM

Light refreshments will be served.

Seating is limited and reservations are required.
Please call (617) 552-8300 to reserve space.


 

 

THE INAUGURAL  JAMES W. SKEHAN, S.J. GEOLOGICAL FIELD TRIP FOR THE PUBLIC

OCTOBER 1, 2016                                                                         9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Rain is predicted on this day, please keep checking this website to see if this field trip will be postponed.
Final notification Friday by 5:00pm.

 

“GEOLOGIC FIELD TRIP TO INVESTIGATE       

GLACIAL FEATURES IN AND AROUND SUDBURY, MA”

Led By Kenneth G. Galli Ph.D, Geologist &

 Bruce Porter, M.S., Physics

 

Description.    The purpose of this 5-hour field trip is to observe excellent examples of topographic landforms developed during the last phases of the Pleistocene glaciation, including a drumlin and an esker as well as features developed within the Sudbury River Valley and lowlands associated with the last Ice Age, specifically Glacial Lake Sudbury.

 

Start: Weston Observatory, Weston, MA. Depart at 9:00 AM.

Stop 1: Drumlin at Drumlin Farms, Lincoln, MA (25 minutes)

Stop 2: Esker at 50 Alpine Rd., Wayland, adjacent to Schoolhouse Pond (25 minutes)

Stop 3: View across an expanse of Glacial Lake Sudbury, at Great Meadows National Wildlife     Refuge (20 minutes)

Stop 4—Break at Dunkin Donuts, 1641 Sudbury Rd., Concord, MA (30 minutes)
Stop 5: Glacial Erratic, Gray Reservation, Sudbury, MA (10 minutes)

Stop 6: In woods adjacent to Curtis Middle School: Kettle Hole; Kame Terrace (~20 minutes)

Finish: Weston Observatory, Weston, MA around 2:00 PM

 

Meeting Time and Place.   9:00 a.m. at Weston Observatory Parking Lot, 381 Concord Rd., Weston, MA 02493. Saturday, October 1, 2016. Trip begins and ends here.

 

Directions:

Take I-95/Rte. 128 North or South (toward Waltham/Weston) to Exit 26, U.S. Rte. 20 West.

Follow Rte. 20 West into Weston. Just after passing Crescent St. (on your right), bear right onto Boston Post Road. This takes you into Weston Center. Pass through the center and turn right onto Concord Road. Follow Concord Road through two forks. Bear left at the fork with Merriam Road, then bear right at the fork with Sudbury Road. Just after the Sudbury Road fork, turn right into the entrance of the Observatory at 381 Concord Road.

 

Other Logistics.  We will have two Boston College Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences’ vans to transport a total of 20 people for this trip in the Weston Observatory parking lot. We will leave promptly at 9:00 AM and will return by 2:00 PM. Breaks/Food: Bathroom facilities are available in Weston Observatory at the start and end of our trip. We will be provide bottles of water in each van; we will have a stop at the Dunkin Donuts on 1641 Sudbury Rd., Concord as a designated break stop midway through the trip. Additionally, there are single port-o-potties at stops 3 and 6.  Physical Demands: Stops 1 and especially 2 will involve walking up and down fairly steep hills. Boots are recommended, as is insect spray as we will be in and around meadows and forested areas throughout the trip. Other stops involve walking on trails over easy to moderately rough terrain.

 

October 19, 2016

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

 

 

“THE LEGACY OF HISTORICAL MILLS ON RIVER

VALLEYS IN NEW ENGLAND”

Noah P. Snyder, Ph.D., Geologist

Associate Professor, Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences, Boston College

 

 

 

 

November 9, 2016

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

 

 

“UPLIFTED ARTIC CONTINENTAL MARGINS AND  

CLIMATE SHIFT”

Paul Nadeau, Ph.D., Geologist

Geoscience Advisor, Arkadia Resources,

Geological Specialist

Stabil, Universitetei i Stavanger, Norway