“Great Lakes Rocks”presentation and book signing at Kingman Museum

Come learn about Michigan geology from one of our experts! Join us at Kingman Museum on Saturday, September 14 when we host Stephen E. Kesler, Emeritus Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Michigan, for the release of his new book, “Great Lakes Rocks: 4 Billion Years of Geologic History in the Great Lakes Region.”

Professor Kesler will present on the book material at 11:00 a.m. with opportunity for book purchase and signing to follow. Attendees will receive a 30 percent discount on the book price! No purchase necessary to attend presentation. This is a great opportunity to ask questions and learn about Michigan’s natural history, and the whole family is welcome!

The story of the Great Lakes region is one of the most remarkable of any place on Earth. This book will take readers on the fascinating journey through geologic history, beginning with an investigation of the surface features – the hills and valleys, waterfalls and caves, and the lakes themselves – we encounter on a daily basis.

From there the book digs deeper into the past, and readers learn about the amazing techniques geologists have used to reconstruct the events that shaped this region millions and even billions of years before humans set foot on Earth. Throughout, the book gives special attention to the link between the region’s geology and its modern history, including the impacts of geology on settlement patterns as well as the development of industries and the present-day economy.

Other discussed topics include natural hazards that are geologic in nature, including earthquakes, floods, landslides, and coastal erosion, as well as information on rocks, minerals, and ancient life seen in fossils.

Also on display in Kingman Museum’s lower level exhibit area will be the exhibit “Minerals: The Color Spectrum,” showcasing the many colors the Earth’s minerals can be found in featuring specimens from Kingman Museum’s collection as well as pieces on loan from area collectors.

Kingman Museum is open to the public Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and to groups by appointment during the week. Museum admission is free during public open hours, with planetarium shows being $2 per person. Planetarium shows are every 15 minutes after the hour, with the first at 11:15 a.m. and the last at 3:15 p.m.

Kingman Museum is located at 175 Limit Street in Battle Creek in the midst of beautiful Leila Arboretum. More information can be found on its website or by calling 269-965-5117.