Stories in Stone: How Geology Influenced Connecticut History and Culture

Stories in Stone: How Geology Influenced Connecticut History and Culture

by Jelle Zeilinga de Boer
     
 

ISBN-10: 0819568910

ISBN-13: 9780819568915

Pub. Date: 07/21/2009

Publisher: Wesleyan University Press

In a series of entertaining essays, geoscientist Jelle Zeilinga de Boer describes how early settlers discovered and exploited Connecticut’s natural resources. Their successes as well as failures form the very basis of the state’s history: Chatham’s gold played a role in the acquisition of its Charter, and Middletown’s lead helped the colony…  See more details below

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In a series of entertaining essays, geoscientist Jelle Zeilinga de Boer describes how early settlers discovered and exploited Connecticut’s natural resources. Their successes as well as failures form the very basis of the state’s history: Chatham’s gold played a role in the acquisition of its Charter, and Middletown’s lead helped the colony gain its freedom during the Revolution. Fertile soils 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. The Statue of Liberty, a quintessential symbol of America, rests on Connecticut’s Stony Creek granite. 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. Illuminated by 50 illustrations and 12 color plates, Stories in Stone describes the marvel of Connecticut’s geologic diversity and also recounts the impact of past climates, earthquakes, and meteorites on the lives of the people who made Connecticut their home.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780819568915
Publisher:
Wesleyan University Press
Publication date:
07/21/2009
Series:
Garnet Books
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
936,027
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
In the Beginning: Continental Fusion and Breakup
Weather and Climate: Hurricanes and Ice Ages
Connecticut's Geologic Treasures: Gems and Ores
Sidebar: Gems in Quarry Tailings
Sidebar: Other Historic Quarries and Mines in Connecticut
Settlers and Soils in the Central Valley: The Legacy of Glacial Lake Hitchcock
The Metacomet Ridge: The Scientific, Political, and Cultural Impact of an old Lava Flow
Sidebar: The Curse of the Black Dog
The Moodus Noises: The Science and Lore of Connecticut Earthquakes
Sidebar: Moodus Tremors and Sonic Booms
Visitors from Space: The Weston and Wethersfield Meteorites
Afterword: Our Lithic Inheritance
Bibliography
Index

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