By Caroleine James
Wrangell Sentinel 

Geologist will tell moving story of rocks, glaciers and fault lines

 

Courtesy Peter Haeussler

Geologist Peter Haeussler, who will talk about rocks, earthquakes and glaciers at a public event Saturday in Wrangell, displays the stump of a tree killed in an earthquake about 850 years ago. He excavated the stump in 2018 near Girdwood using a chainsaw and shovels.

To the untrained eye, the Wrangell landscape looks serene and still, with its craggy, tree-covered hills, gray pebble beaches and sweeping ocean views.

But to federal geologist Peter Haeussler, the land is full of hidden forces, operating on a timetable much vaster than our own. The color of a rock or the shape of a valley offer clues that can unlock the secrets of an area's past - and point to its future.

Haeussler will share his expertise on Southeast geology at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Nolan Center.

"I think one of the fun parts of being a geologist is that you're basically a detectiv...



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