Talking Rocks: Geology and 10,000 Years of Native American Tradition in the Lake Superior Region

Talking Rocks: Geology and 10,000 Years of Native American Tradition in the Lake Superior Region

Talking Rocks: Geology and 10,000 Years of Native American Tradition in the Lake Superior Region

Talking Rocks: Geology and 10,000 Years of Native American Tradition in the Lake Superior Region

Synopsis

An earth scientist and a Native American elder explore the natural history of the Lake Superior region, examining both the science and the spirit of the land.

Excerpt

Pouring myself a glass of seventeen-year-old Bowmore, I sat back in a soft, wide chair and thought about everything that had occurred over the past few months. I thought especially about small things and how these could turn your world upside down, or downside up, as an 8-year-old girl once told me.

A single quote: such a small thing, and yet, because of it, I would never again see my profession—heck, why not admit it, my addiction—in exactly the same way. Taking a sip of scotch, I had to smile as I remembered the first geology course I had ever taken. It was during my first year at college, and I fell completely under the spell of volcanoes, dinosaurs, glacial ice, and the moving continents of planet earth. It turned out this was love at first sight; it was then and there I decided I wanted to be a geologist.

Ever since that first geology course I have seen rocks and minerals as beautiful and mysterious things. They have been my sunsets, rainbows, and Camelots rolled into one. I honestly believed planet earth had placed them beneath my feet so I could solve the mystery of who and what they were, discover how they came into being, and unearth any treasures they might hide. Rocks were magic carpets, and through them I could travel over . . .

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