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Two authors dig deeper into North Georgia
Geologist and biogeographer to conduct talks at Elachee
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‘Geology and Nature of North Georgia’

When: 2 p.m. Jan. 8

Where: Elachee Nature Science Center, 2125 Elachee Drive, Gainesville

Cost: $10

More info: www.elachee.org or 770-535-1976

Exploring the nature wonders for North Georgia and understanding the science lying behind the scenery is the topic two scientists plan to unearth at Elachee Nature Science Center.

Geologist Bill Witherspoon and biogeographer Leslie Edwards will team up Jan. 8 to reveal the geology of North Georgia and how it influences plants and animals.

The presentation will be from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Jan. 8 at Elachee Nature Center, 2125 Elachee Drive, Gainesville. A $10 donation is suggested to help support Elachee center.

The two authors will present a slide talk, “Geology and Nature of North Georgia” followed by a book signing. Both books “take the general reader to Georgia’s natural wonders and explain the science that lies behind the scenery,” Witherspoon said.

Witherspoon said his book “Roadside Geology of Georgia” appeals to families who travel in Georgia.

“If you’ve tubed the Chattahoochee in Helen, left tracks in the sand on Tybee Island, or glided up the Summit Skyride at Stone Mountain, you’ve had a rock adventure,” he said. “This book lets you spice those adventures up with a little science, by understanding the geology behind the landmarks we encounter whenever we go outside in Georgia.”

Edwards’ book “Natural Communities of Georgia” teaches the public to recognize and protect Georgia’s many treasures of the natural world.

“You will be amazed to learn of Georgia’s diversity, from high mountain peaks that host species that are typically found much farther north, to the incomparable Okefenokee Swamp, where alligators and plants combine to form a lush, tropical feel,” she said.

The event is part of a monthly “Naturversity” Brown-Bag Lunch & Lecture Series. For more information, visit www.elachee.org or call 770-535-1976.

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