Field trip to the Taconian Orogen, Rt. 2, Massachusetts

Pine Cobble, Williamstown, on the southern tip of the Green Mountains.

Talking about geologic structure and depositional history at Pine Cobble, on the southern tip of the Green Mountains. ©Nick McTurk, 2009.

Blinded by the sun shining on brilliant white Cheshire Quartzite, Pine Cobble, Williamstown. ©Nick McTurk, 2009.

Return to the van from Pine Cobble. Nothing like a brisk death march at 7 in the morning on Saturday to get the blood flowing! ©Nick McTurk, 2009.

A new friend.

The Shelburne Falls.

Shelburne Falls.

Shelburne Falls. Outcrops like this are enough to cause headaches.

Shelburne Falls. These look like entrails.

Pillow lavas in the Deerfield Diabase, Turners Falls.

Field trip to the eastern Adirondacks and high peaks region, New York

Another new friend!

And another, getting his back scratched.

A nice pose for the camera. Hi, kids!

If geology field trips aren't cool, I don't know what is.

Lunch at Split Rock Falls.

Elizabethtown, Woolen Mill Dam, a microcosm of the Adirondack Highlands with its anorthosite and gabbroic anorthosite intrusion breccia, ferrobasalt and syenite intrusion breccia, evidence of two simultaneous magmatic liquids, granulite facies metamorphism, and an alkali basalt dike.

Escape from a thunderstorm, Cascade Slide scarn.

Field trip to Mt. Monadnock, NH

Our first new pal welcomes us to Mt. Monadnock.

Testing out the Throne of the Halfway House.

One of the welcomers at Fairy Spring.

Monta Rosa, on the flanks of Mt. Monadnock, looking SSE. ©Nick McTurk, 2009.

Side trip to see multiple outcrop scale recumbent isoclinal folds in schist and quartzite. ©Nick McTurk, 2009.

Return from the isoclinal fold side trip.

View to the SE from just below the summit of Mt. Monadnock, with Wachusett Mtn. in central Massachusetts visible on the horizon. ©Nick McTurk, 2009.

Just below the summit of Mt. Monadnock, showing a garnet-bearing granite dike choked with a comparatively giant xenolith. ©Nick McTurk, 2009.

At the Monadnock summit, about 65°F with a 20 mph wind.

Triumph: second mountain ever, and highest (so far). More to come!

Longest tourmaline in a quartz vein. largest tourmaline was the size of a C-size battery.

Only one adventurous soul was brave enough to traverse the boulder cave...

...and he lives to tell about it.

A beautiful local specimen bids us farewell as we leave the mountain.