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Cultural Geology

I first heard the phrase "cultural geology" from Harry Foster, my former editor at Houghton & Mifflin. At that time, he was trying to summarize my comments about how geology influenced the rise of American culture during the early and mid 19th century. Years later, and this time for the The Encyclopedia of New England (Yale University Press, 2003), I wrote a summary statement to that effect: "Geology, the meat and bones of science, gave natural history the depth of time and the universality of process that would help transition European Calvinism into American Transcendentalism."


2012 – "The Geological Legacy of the Connecticut Landscape,"  Encyclopedia of Connecticut History Online (2009).

2010    "The Stone Walls of Hill-Stead," in Gorman, James, Ed., Hill-Stead, The Country Place of Theodate Pope Riddle, Princeton, NJ., Princeton Architectural Press. (a short chapter, note, presented as a chapter).

2010    "The Spirit of Kettle Lakes,"  Lake Line  V. 30, No. 1, Spring 2010, p. 19-22.

2009     "A Revolutionary Wall,Special Places: Quarterly Magazine of the Trustees of Reservations, v. 17, No. 3, p. 12-13.

2006     "Touching the Past," Connecticut Walk Book, The Connecticut Forest & Park Association Publication No. 36-V2. p. 205.

2006      "A Mammoth Fascination with Proboscideans," Cross Paths, v. 9, Issue 2, Summer, 2006, (Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center), p. 6-7.

2005      "Stone Walls Disappearing," Connecticut Woodlands: The Magazine of the Connecticut Forest & Park Association, v. 69, No. 4, Winter, 2005).

2003      "Geology," Enclyclopedia of New England (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2003).

2003      “The Physical Environment of Connecticut Towns, Then and Now: Processes, Attitudes and Perceptions,” in Lamar, H. and Cooper, C., Voices of the New Republic, Connecticut Towns, 1800-1832, Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences, p. 225-232.

2006      “Geology.” The Encyclopedia of New England: The Culture and History of an American Region. Feintuch, Burt and D. H. Watters, Editors.,Yale University Press, p. 567-569.

2004      "Jailhouse Rock," GSA Today (Geological Society of America’s monthly magazine), Volume 14, No. 9, p. 30.

2003      "Preserving Stone Walls," Connecticut Preservation News, Vol. XXV, No. 5, Sept/Oct 2002, p. 11 and 16.

2001      "Slabs in Babbidge Library recall ancient waves on sands of time," UConn Advance, February 5, 2001, p. 7.

2000     "Everlasting Roses: Quartz gravestone will withstand the test of time," UConn Advance, Oct 30, 2000, p. 5.

2000     "Fallen foliage of long ago holds clues to history of Horsebarn Hill,  UConn Advance, Oct 16, 2000, p. 4.

2000    "The ups and downs of Avery Point, UConn Advance, September 25, 2000, p. 5.

2000    "From mud to bricks: firing produces colorful transformation,"  UConn Advance, September 4, 2000, p. 8.

2000    "Uconn’s water tanks fed by Fenton River,"  UConn Advance,, April 24, 2000, p. 6.

2000    "Construction site yields treasure from past," UConn Advance, March 13, 2000, p. 5. Thorson, R. M., 2000,

2000    "Health center stands on rock-solid ground,"  UConn Advance,, February 21, 2000, p. 6.

2000     "Beneath Babbidge library lies rare remnant of pre-glacial era,"  UConn Advance, January 24, 2000, p. 5.

1998     "Stone Wall Secrets: Geology as Environmental History," GSA Today (Geological Society of America’s monthly magazine), November, p. 8-9.

1995    " Stratified Drift as Historical Baggage," (with Gregory Brick) GSA Today (Geological Society of America’s monthly magazine), v. 5, no. 9, 174-176.


Photo:  Jacket cover for The Encyclopedia of New England.