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In the Middlesex Fells, geology is all around you

Jack Ridge, a geology professor at Tufts, has, with the help of some of his students, created a series of guides to geology walking tours of the Middlesex Fells. The guides are an outgrowth of his interest in better describing the geology of the hills and valleys he likes to hike.

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This is really cool!

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I wish there was one for the Blue Hills!

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You might enjoy "50 Hikes in Massachusetts". This guide was written by a geology professor at Smith College - it doesn't have a strict focus on geology, but it definitely calls out interesting geological features on the different hikes.

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About a dozen years ago I led a Middlesex fells Hike via AMC Local Walks/Hikes specifically focusing on geology and accompanied by Wellesley College Geology Professor Meg Thompson. I should do that again sometime.

There was a fellow named George Ehrenfried (who passed away in 2010) who used to lead local geology walks. Here's something he presented at a Cambridge Conservation Commission event in 1991:
http://rwinters.com/history/ehrenfried.htm

RW

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I'd love to go on an excursion like this!

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Excellent name for a geologist in the Fells.

Assistants are Ledge and Outcropping?

Jokes aside, this is super cool. As someone who lives where the valley meets the ledges I should check this out - if nothing else it might explain what's up with giant rock that forms half my basement.

Update: Volcanic rocks? Wow! I gots me some of that Lawrence Woods Granophyre of my very own!

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In '16, we spent 6+ months doing a big circle around the country. I often say that one way to describe the trip is that it is One Big Geology Lesson. Seriously. Mountain ranges, rivers, Great Lakes, Badlands, caves, copper mines, hot springs, dormant volcanoes, etc. Every feature you see is yet another lesson.

And Oregon was just crazy with geological tidbits.

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