By Charles Seabrook – For the AJC
Georgia’s rock outcrops and monadnocks — such as Stone Mountain, Arabia Mountain and Panola Mountain in east Atlanta — appear to be harsh, barren landscapes, but they are superb natural treasures, where some of the world’s rarest and most unusual plants thrive.
Geologist Bill Witherspoon, co-author with Pamela Gore of “Roadside Geology of Georgia” (Mountain Press, 2013), offers a series of talks and walks to help people learn more about Georgia’s geology.
In addition to telling the science behind top nature destinations all over the state, the programs also occasionally focus on geology’s influence on the Civil War, Georgia’s gold rush, the origin of mountain scenery, Atlanta’s recreation spots and other places.
Several of the programs also feature biologist Leslie Edwards, co-author of “The Natural Communities of Georgia” (University of Georgia Press, 2013). She focuses on how the geology and biology of an area interconnect.
The events are free and open to the public, although pre-registration is requested. Registration forms, descriptions of upcoming events and other information are available at georgiarocks.us.