The Flatirons Mineral Club meets on the second Thursday of the most months. While most meetings are held at Frasier Meadows at Frasier Meadows, 350 Ponca Place, Boulder, CO 80303. During a period of construction at Frasier Meadows some meetings will be at other locations and that information is noted in the meeting description. Click here for more information about the entire year’s schedule.
Speaker: Rob Wesson Topic: “In Darwin’s Footsteps” Author of "Darwin's First Theory: Exploring Darwin's Quest for a Theory of Earth" An acclaimed geologist leads the reader on an adventure through the landscape that absorbed and inspired Charles Darwin. Everybody knows―or thinks they know―Charles Darwin, the father of evolution and the man who altered the way we view our place in the world. But what most people do not know is that Darwin was on board the HMS Beagle as a geologist―on a mission to examine the land, not flora and fauna. Retracing Darwin’s footsteps in South America and beyond, geologist Rob Wesson treks across the Andes, cruises waters charted by the Beagle, hunts for fossils in Uruguay and Argentina, and explores sites of long vanished glaciers in Scotland and Wales. As he follows Darwin’s path―literally and intellectually―Wesson experiences the land as Darwin did, engages with his observations, and tackles the same questions Darwin had about our ever-changing Earth.
Directions to Frasier Meadows: Exit Foothills Parkway at Baseline and go west. Turn left (south) onto Mohawk Drive and then turn left onto Pawnee Drive, traveling to the east of Burke Park. Take Ponca Place to your left and the Frasier Meadows parking lot will be on the left. When you enter the building, tell the receptionist that you are here for a Flatirons Mineral Club meeting and ask for directions to the elevator and the location of the meeting.