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September 2014 public programs

In conjunction with Teton Co. Library

All free & open to the Public at 6 p.m.

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September 2 (Tuesday), 6 p.m., Teton Co. Library Auditorium - Open to Public. Presentation: "Wild Rocks: A tour of the Gros Ventre Wilderness and it’s unique geology”. Presented by Linda Merigliano, Recreation, Wilderness, & Trails Program Manager; Bridger-Teton National Forest.


Did you know that 92% of the National Forest in the Jackson area is protected as Wilderness, as Wild Rivers, or as Roadless Area, and that geology has played a key role in those designations? The 317,874 acre Gros Ventre Wilderness is at the heart of the Congressionally-protected wild land that is integral to the beauty and character of Jackson Hole.  In designating this area as Wilderness, the Congressional House Report called out the unique geological features and large concentration of landslides as a key reason why the area should receive permanent protection. The evening presentation will provide an overview of Wilderness, will include a photographic tour of the area’s diversity of geological features, and will include some historic photos. The spectacular Crystal Peak landslide will be highlighted with photos showing its movement since 2007 including changing the course of Crystal Creek and first-hand accounts from rangers who experienced its active movement. September 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Wilderness Act so it is fitting to celebrate this anniversary by exploring the connection between Wilderness and geology in the Jackson Hole area.

September 16 (Tuesday), 6 p.m., Teton Co. Library Auditorium - Open to Public. Presentation: "The Magical Kingdom of Bhutan: Geology, Scenery, and Trekking in the High Himalaya”. Presented by Mike Adler, Member, Geologists of Jackson Hole


The Kingdom of Bhutan is a very special place,  sparsely populated by residents and tourists, with beautiful scenery set among Buddhist temples in the eastern high Himalaya.  A combination of incredible scenery and remarkable geology, this talk comes from our 10 day trip to the Kingdom of Bhutan in October of 2013. It begins by explaining how the geology of the Himalaya began a mere 50 million years ago, when the Indian  and Asian plates collided to create the 2400 kilometer Himalayan range - the tallest and youngest mountain range in the world. The Himalayas are still evolving with an incredible plate movement of up to 70mm, height growth up to 5mm, and erosion rate up to 10mm per year. The talk will then briefly review the geology of the Everest and Annapurna regions featuring pictures of five 8000m summits.  The similarities and differences of the geology in Bhutan will be discussed . There are no 8000 meter peaks in Bhutan but there are 19 over 7000m and because of the strong Buddhist culture most of these have never been climbed making them the highest unclimbed peaks in the world. The geology of all six of the highest peaks will be discussed featuring pictures taken on wonderfully clear days from two high Buddhist monasteries with one located at 10,300’ and the other at 11,800’.


The talk will then continue with scenery and trekking in the Punakha area which is the site of the largest Buddhist monastery in the country, followed by travel to the high Phobjika valley, winter home of the rare black necked cranes and one of four regions of Bhutan which have an island of sedimentary rock surrounded by metamorphic rock. This feature is not seen elsewhere in the Himalaya. The last part of the talk will be treks to three beautiful high monasteries in the capital region of Thimphu and the famous Tigers Nest monastery in the Paro area. The talk ends with aerial photos of the six eastern most 8000m Himalayan peaks.




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