Smitten by Stone: How We Came to Love the Southwestern Landscape
The American Southwest is revered for its deep, colorful canyons; broad unsullied vistas; and its spectacular cliff-lines. However, this modern
appreciation is in stark contrast with the initial experiences and early descriptions of the Colorado Plateau by the conquistadors, explorers, trappers and miners who first saw it. How and when the former “Unknown land” became the premiere outdoor destination and landscape sensation
it is today begins with the first American explorations into the southwest. These parties brought with them the first geologists, who saw for themselves the Earth laid bare as they pondered the deeper meaning and scientific lessons of the Plateau’s landforms. These initial scientific observations forever altered our relationship with this rocky paradise and ushered in the era of National Park support and federal protections.
Wayne Ranney is a geologist and writer who is a veteran of expedition travel, having journeyed to and lectured on all of Earth’s seven continents. He is the recipient of the 2018 American Association of Petroleum Geologists “Geosciences in the Media Award.” With a lifelong interest in the earth sciences, Wayne specializes in making the fascinating story of our planet come alive for fellow travelers.
PRESENTER: Wayne Ranney, Geologist
LOCATION: Electric Theatre – 68 E. Tabernacle St., St. George, Utah
DATE: March 30, 2020
TIME: 7:30 pm