Franklin County’s ‘deep history’

Published: 1/4/2021 4:05:29 PM

Do Franklin County residents know about their unique “deep-history”? Franklin County’s rocks and landscapes are not only beautiful but they illustrate a unique geological history that most residents probably do not appreciate.

In my new book, “Exploring Franklin County” you can find over 30 walks and drives that explains the “hidden” history under our feet. For example: the Connecticut River has hundred-foot-deep holes; Shelburne Falls has famous “Glacial” Potholes; and Bank Row is where dinosaur footprint research began with Dexter Marsh’s discovery. Should Mt. Sugarloaf be renamed ”Uluru”? Did you know that GCC has a new geology path with rare Jurassic armored mud balls displayed?

Franklin County is the best place in the world to study geology! So many diverse geological events are found, well displayed, within just a short drive. Utah is great, too, but you have to drive hundreds of miles across the state and even then, we have things they don’t.

I hope Franklin County residents appreciate their geological heritage! It is a lot of fun to get out and explore these earth-stories. I believe Franklin County’s unique geology could be better publicized and attract more tourists to Western Massachusetts.

This new book is available at Greenfield’s World Eye Bookshop as well as by mail at my website www.EarthView.rocks PS.

Richard D. Little, Professor Emeritus GCC

Easthampton


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