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“Rock, Gravel, Sand – The Geology of Our Local Beaches,” Illustrated talk by Dr. Lindley Hanson

April 29, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Have you ever noticed that our local beaches can vary from largely mud, sand, gravel or sometimes boulders? And that each beach takes on a different form? What causes these variations? How and why does each beach respond differently to storm activity? Dr. Lindley Hanson, from Salem State University’s Geological Science Department, will describe and explain the array of beaches on the North Shore to address the variability and dynamics of our local beaches. In addition, she will show evidence of a higher sea level in our past and discuss the future of our beaches with expected sea level rise.

Lindley HansonDr. Hanson is a geomorphologist with a thorough understanding of New England geology and recently gave a lecture at the Northeast Marine Science Center on Barrier Beaches. She is also investigating the role of climate change and urbanization on increased flooding in New England. In her spare time, she explores different ways of presenting content for all age groups and has completed some intriguing online glogs. She has a Ph.D. in Geology from Boston University with the fields of study in Regional Geology and Sedimentation and Stratigraphy. Her M.A. in Geology is also from Boston University with concentrations in Hydrology, Geomorphology and Coastal Geology.

The “Underwater in Salem Sound,” Lecture Series, begun in 2013, is jointly sponsored by Salem Sound Coastwatch and the Abbot Public Library in Marblehead, MA. This is the last of four lectures being presented in 2015, at the Abbot Public Library, on the last Wednesday of each month, from January through April from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm.

All the lectures are free and open to the public.

We are pleased to be able to continue the Lecture Series that was originally funded in part by a grant from the Massachusetts Environmental Trust (MET). MET is funded through the sale of environmental license plates. 


April 29, 2015
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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