February 14, 2012

Geology walk with Molly Miller, Mayor Karl Dean rescheduled for Feb. 18

Earth and environmental sciences professor Molly Miller and Anne Choquette, a hydrologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, will lead a one-mile walk through Percy Warner Park’s Mossy Ridge Trail beginning at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18. Nashville Mayor Karl Dean will join the walk. The event is rescheduled from its previous date of Feb. 4.

(Photo courtesy of Earth and Environmental Sciences/ Vanderbilt University)

(Photo courtesy of Earth and Environmental Sciences/ Vanderbilt University)

Participants will be shown major rock formations and learn the history that these formations record. They also will learn how Nashville’s landscape was once a Bahamian-like paradise with a stagnant ocean bottom thick with dead algae that eventually transformed into oil and gas.

The walk will start at the Deep Well Picnic Area in Percy Warner Park. The trailhead and parking is located off of Highway 100.

Don’t miss the chance to chat with the mayor, learn about nature, meet people and get healthy. Dress for cold weather, bring your camera and water. Wear walking shoes, as portions of the trail may be muddy.

The event is free and open to the public.

DIRECTIONS: Take I-40 to Exit 199 (Old Hickory Blvd. exit). Take Old Hickory Blvd. south toward Bellevue. Continue straight on Old Hickory for 3.5 miles, until it “T’s” into Hwy. 100 at the light. Turn left on Hwy. 100. The Deep Well entrance is on the right in 2.2 miles. It is not signed but is an ornate entrance. Stay straight on the park road passing the picnic areas. Parking is available at the trailhead.

The walk will be cancelled in the case of severe weather, snow or icy conditions.