March 14, 2016
John Bluemle to Speak of “North Dakota’s Geologic Legacy” at ND Heritage Center & State Museum
BISMARCK - The public is invited to a free program, “North Dakota’s Geologic Legacy,” presented by author John Bluemle, on March 20 at 2 p.m. at the North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum, Bismarck.
Based on Bluemle’s book “North Dakota’s Geologic Legacy: Our Land and How It Formed,” the presentation will include a discussion of the Missouri Plateau, including the badlands and buttes, lignite, petrified wood, clinker, nodules, and concretions; the valley of the Missouri River, addressing the name of the river, how the valley formed, and why it is located where it is; and the glaciated plains and the Missouri Coteau, which includes the ice age, glaciers, and how they shaped the land. Bluemle will be available for book signing following the presentation, with books available for purchase at the Museum Store.
John Bluemle was employed by the North Dakota Geological Survey from 1962 until he retired in 2004. His main interest has been surface geology, the geology of the landforms that can be seen while traveling around the state. Beginning in 2009 John and his wife, Mary, visited each of the counties in North Dakota and took over 8,000 landform photos.
This program is part of the State Historical Society of North Dakota’s Sensational Sundays programs. Sensational Sundays are free programs sponsored by the State Historical Society that include a variety of lectures, concerts, movies, and tours that provide engaging, educational, historic, and cultural information. For more information contact Erik Holland, curator of education, at 701.328.2792. Find a calendar of upcoming State Historical Society events at history.nd.gov.
Erik Holland, 701.328.2792
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