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Guided field trip to Bellingham downtown geology- new date is July 9.

By Dave Tucker   June 1, 2011

Downtown Bellingham's lonely bedrock exposure

This building features igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks, all within touching distance of each other. Click to enlarge.

I will lead a guided field trip to see building stones and the only surviving approachable bedrock outcrop in downtown Bellingham. The walking field trip is open to subscribers of this website, and is oriented toward people without an academic geology background. However, even a geologist may be surprised at the variety of rocks we will see. I will talk about the origins of these building stones, and the geologic stories they record.

Saturday, July 9, 2-4 PM

Cost is $30/person

On this two hour walking trip, we will see a wide variety of rocks: igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary, from many parts of North America and the world. Highlights include: fossiliferous Indiana limestone, the same rock used to face the Empire State Building; exotic stones used in sculptures; seismic hazards in Bellingham; several urbanites and how to tell them from natural stone, and much more. A printed tour guide will be provided.

The trip is limited to the first 20 paid participants. If there is sufficient interest, a second trip can be arranged. I have guided a version of this trip for WWU’s Academy for Lifelong Learning. Based on that experience, this trip will fill quickly, so do not delay.

335 million year old marine crinoid fossils, right downtown!

How to register:

Notify me of your intention to attend via email at

I will provide you with a mailing address for a check. The first 20 paid participants will be accepted onto the trip. A portion of proceeds will be donated to Mount Baker Volcano Research Center.


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