Stories in Stone – Virtual Tours Now Available

Booking for Groups Everywhere

Brooklyn Brownstone - 200 million years old!
Brooklyn Brownstone – 200 million years old

Most people do not think of looking for geology from the sidewalks they travel, but for the intrepid geologist any good rock can tell a fascinating story. On this virtual tour, which incorporates illustrations and photographs, you will explore a range of rocks equal to any assembled by plate tectonics, such as:
— 3.5-billion-year-old gneiss and 120,000-year-old Italian travertine;
— a fossil-rich limestone that is the most commonly used building stone in the US;
— and the granite that led to the construction of the first commercial railroad in America.

3.5 bya Morton Gneiss
Morton Gneiss – 3.5 billion years old

In this virtual exploration of  building stone from across the United States and Italy, I discuss history, transportation, and architecture to give you a new way to appreciate urban geology. Plus, we’ll even “visit” a couple of quarries and see where the stone originates.

Please contact me to book me live for a one-hour program (includes time for Q&A). Up to 25 people on a Zoom talk.

“David B. Williams’ virtual Stories In Stone tour is engaging, entertaining, and educational. As you’d expect from a naturalist of Williams’ caliber, the tour is multifaceted- weaving together geology, geography, architecture, and history. The virtual tour has the added benefit of “visiting” national and international locations. Mr. Williams’ humor and personality contribute to the experience and make for a welcoming question and answer session at the end. I highly recommend it.”
Kim Owens, Program Director, Seattle Architecture Foundation

Stories In Stone Clip from dbw on Vimeo. From a program presented to Seattle Architecture Foundation.

My talk is a Zoom meeting format of a PowerPoint presentation with me as a live narrator. To try to make it feel more in-person, I incorporate video and Google Earth to travel to different locations, including Minnesota, Massachusetts, Indiana, and Italy. I am available for questions throughout and after the talk.

For more information on booking me to make a presentation to your group, please send me an email: geologywriter at gmail dot com.

Denny Images

A variety of people have asked me to post some images of Denny Hill so here they are. These are some of what I think of as lesser known photographs.

July 1907 – Few things were more exciting than watching the regrade in process.

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August 20, 1907 – A composite of two photographs taken by Asahel Curtis.

Denny Hill hydraulic giants
1929 – Sixth and Blanchard, looking to the south. The conveyor belts carried material to a central point, where it was taken by another conveyor belt to be dumped into Elliott Bay

1929 6th and blanchard south

1929 – Aerial view showing the conveyor belts feeding to the central line that ran out to Elliott Bay

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