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Melim to Present Geology of National Parks at Western

February 14, 2017

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MACOMB, IL - Western Illinois University Professor of Geology Leslie Melim will discuss the Geology of National Parks at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21 in the Malpass Library.

Melim helps lead WIU's Department of Geology Field Camp course, which includes visits to Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks. She has also helped teach a course on the Geology of National Parks that visited a selection of parks in Utah and Arizona including Zion, Arches and Grand Canyon national parks. Melim's presentation will include a discussion of the importance of geology to many national parks, including the most popular parks, and will look at her own research on caves and microbes in Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico.

Many U.S.national parks and monuments, including Yellowstone National Park, the first national park in the world, and Devils Tower National Monument, the first U.S. national monument, were established to preserve geologic features. By preserving these sites, the public has the opportunity to visit and learn about geology while viewing spectacular scenery and wildlife.

The talk is open to free to the public. For more information, contact Linda Zellmer at or (309) 298-2723.

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