Geology program to be held April 7

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Hosted by The Institute, geologist Jeri Jones will present “A Geologic Tour of Eastern Pennsylvania” on April 7. PROVIDED PHOTO

WAYNESBORO—Geologist Jeri Jones will present a program on local geology.

Sponsored by The Institute in partnership with the Franklin County Rock and Mineral Club, “A Geologic Tour of Eastern Pennsylvania” combines fun with education and continues The Institute’s popular “Geology Rocks!” annual geology series.

“Topics include rocks, minerals and fossils, the Ice Age, and cool locations you can visit,” said Jones. “Plus, we’ll talk about how everything formed over the past one billion years.”

 The geology of eastern Pennsylvania covers a span from about a billion years ago, when the area was part of a supercontinent named Rodinia. Over time, the landmass split apart and an ocean known as the Lapetus formed, Jones said.   

“About 350–150 million years ago, the area experienced continental collision, which formed another supercontinent named Pangaea and broke apart into the world we know today,” Jones said. “Finally, the Ice Age was the latest chapter written in our geologic history, which created extensive weathering and erosion.”

Questions are welcome and samples of minerals and fossils will be available.

A native of York, Pa., Jones holds a degree in geoarchaeology. His research includes special interests in mining and geologic history, groundwater resources and southeastern Pennsylvania earthquakes. Jones has conducted field trips and programs across the U.S., and is a consultant to several area quarries. 

Jones teaches lifelong learning classes at Penn State-York. He received the Digman Award for Geologic Excellence from the Eastern Chapter of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers. The author of four books and numerous articles, Jones also narrated a geologic education video series.

The program will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 7, at the Church of the Apostles, 336 Barnett Ave., Waynesboro. Admission is free, but space is limited so reservations are required. An online attendance option is also available via Zoom. To register, email The Institute at info@NatureAndCultureInstitute.org, or call 717-762-0373.