Chatham County Historical Association - Chatham County Geology Program

Geology is the study of the earth’s physical structure. The land we’re on—its shape, soils, minerals, water tables—has profound effects on our lives and our history. Geology forms the bedrock, landscape, soils, groundwater and mining and energy resources in the county. Chris Palmer, a retired geologist with more than 40 years of practical geology, engineering geology and hydrogeology experience will share his love of geology by giving a program on Chatham County Geology!


How was the land that is now Chatham County formed? Did you know that Chatham has experienced earthquakes and that there are ancient volcanic rocks in the county? Or that unique fossils have been found here? What do you know about Chatham County coal, iron, or the history of mining in the county? What common Chatham rocks can you identify and how have some of them been used over the course of Chatham’s history? What do you know about groundwater hydrogeology and water wells in Chatham County?


These are the kinds of questions that Christopher Palmer will discuss in a PowerPoint talk in his May 15 program on Chatham’s Geology. Join us! Chris has donated (with help from the North Carolina Geological Survey) a collection of Chatham rocks to CCHA. Those will be on exhibit before and after the program, and he will be happy to answer questions about them. Chatham soil maps and mining information will also be on display.

Event Date and Time: 
May 15 2022 - 2:00pm
Sponsoring Organization: 
Chatham County Historical Association
Cindy Schmidt
Location Name: 
Chatham Historic Museum in the Historic Courthouse
Location Address: 
9 Hillsboro St., Pittsboro, NC 27312
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