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1: What is Historical Geology?

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    Who do you know that tells great stories?

    A friend, a grandparent, a sibling, a teacher, an author, a director, a singer... Gifted storytellers come in many forms, and tell their tales in many styles.

    Now imagine all the stories you have not heard. Imagine the stories you could hear if you could speak every language in the world, and sit across the table from people with fundamentally different experiences, speaking of ancient times and exotic places. Their stories might change the way you look at the world. They might change the way you live your life.

    The planet you live on has some stories to tell. Earth has had 4.5 billion years to rack up experiences that range from ordinary to unimaginably violent. Through a variety of rock-forming processes, Earth has written her autobiography. Historical Geology is the science of reading that autobiography. But in order to read it, we first need to understand the language in which it is recorded.

    We must learn to “speak Rock.”


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