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Phone: 401-874-2116 Fax: 401-874-7872

Carving a niche: RI’s glacial geology topic of
Sea Grant/ Cooperative Extension lecture


Narragansett, R.I. -- June 24, 2002 -- For 3 million years, massive sheets of ice periodically bulldozed the New England landscape, scouring bedrock, gouging out hills, and churning up sand, clay, and boulders along the way. When the last glacier melted about 20,000 years ago, it left a trail of this rocky debris to mark its retreat. The silt, sand, and gravel deposited by the glacier still define Rhode Island’s distinctive terrain.

"Ice Sculpture: Glacial Geology of Southeastern New England," a presentation by University of Rhode Island Geosciences professor Jon Boothroyd, describes the geological forces that carved the southern New England landscape. The lecture begins at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 18, at the URI Bay Campus Corliss Auditorium, Watkins Building.

This hour-long talk continues the annual Community Summer Lecture Series exploring the wonders of Narragansett Bay. The series, now in its third year, is sponsored by Rhode Island Sea Grant and the URI Cooperative Extension/Nutrition and Food Sciences program. This year’s series examines the weird and the wondrous aspects of the Bay, including the bizarre creatures that inhabit its depths, the legendary lighthouses that guard its shoreline, and the astounding seafood possibilities that lurk in its waters.

The lecture is free, but seating is limited, so reservations are required. For reservations or more information, call the Sea Grant Communications Office at (401) 874-6842 or visit our Web site at

Contact: Tony Corey, 401-874-6844,

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