Bates geologists to lead Great Falls field trips

Geologists are offering an unusual opportunity to explore the 420-million-year geological history so dramatically displayed in the rock outcroppings of the Great Falls here in Lewiston. Led by the Bates College geology department during Earth Science Week, Oct. 11-17, a series of field trips also will examine the significant role played by the falls in the settlement and development of the Lewiston-Auburn area.

Led by two Bates sophomores and Dyk Eusden, associate professor of geology at Bates, the trips to the Great Falls are open to the general public and may be scheduled as school field outings. Each two-hour trip consists of viewing the falls from West Pitch Park and, if weather and water levels allow, scrambling over the rocks of the falls.

Tours will be held Sunday, Oct. 11, from 10 a.m. to noon and from 3 to 5 p.m.; Wednesday, Oct. 14, from 2 to 3 p.m. and Friday, Oct. 16, from 1 to 3 p.m.

For more information about signing up for a tour, call the Bates College Center for Service-Learning at 207-786-8273.

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