Jelle Zeilinga de Boer
“Stories from the Earth”
Thursday, May 15th
7 P.M. at the Killingworth Fire House
“No one can understand Connecticut who leaves the rocks out of his reckoning”
- Odell Shepard, 1939
The Killingworth Land Conservation Trust and The Killingworth Library present:
Geoscientist Jelle Zeilinga de Boer shares his expansive knowledge of Connecticut in a series of entertaining essays about the unexpected ways the land shapes the way we live. An utterly unique way to engage with local history, Stories in Stone reveals the secrets embedded in the world around us—in its rocks, deep below its surface, and in its unpredictable
and outsized weather.
Zeilinga de Boer uncovers little-known historic facts, such as how Connecticut has long experienced mysterious noises and tremors periodically emanating from the small village of Moodus.
De Boer explains the science and the many myths behind “the Moodus noises.” He describes the wealth of mineral resources native to Connecticut, ranging from the vein of lead cast into vital Revolutionary War bullets to the dangerous and beautiful Samarskite, a radioactive mineral of black crystal that was once fashioned into pieces of jewelry. And how Connecticut has a long history of welcoming unexpected guests from outer space—that is, meteorites that have crashed into homes, onto farmland and onto city streets.
Concerning an especially large meteorite that had fallen in the town of Weston, Thomas Jefferson allegedly once opined that the whole affair was most probably a hoax.
Packed with enough trivia to satisfy any geology buff and illuminated by 56 illustrations and 14 color plates, Stories in Stone describes the marvel of Connecticut’s geologic diversity and also recounts the impact of past climates, earthquakes, and meteorites on the lives of the people who made Connecticut their home.
Jelle Zeilinga de Boer is the Harold T. Stearns professor of Earth Science emeritus at Wesleyan University and author, with D.T. Sanders, of Volcanoes in Human History (2002) and Earthquakes in Human History (2005).