Field Trip March 11 to the Coastal Ga Historical Society
The speaker for the May 18 Lower Altamaha Historical Society's
monthly meeting will be Dr. Fred Marland. His subject for the
evening will be “SAPELO ISLAND: How a Georgia Barrier Island was
Dr. Marland is certainly superbly qualified on this subject,
having received his BS in math and biology from Union College in
Kentucky; his MS in oceanography from Texas A&M; studied as a Fellow
at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts; and
received his PhD from Virginia Tech University.
He worked for three years as the First Marine Scientist at Fort
Johnson Marine Lab at the College of Charleston, South Carolina. On
the Georgia coast, he worked on Sapelo Island at the University of
Georgia Marine Institute, later served as Director of Marsh and
Beach for the DNR, and lastly as Reserve Manager of Sapelo Island
National Estuarine Research Reserve.
Now retired, he and his wife Sarita live in a marsh front home
off Hwy 99 in McIntosh County. He believes it is especially
important to continue the study of our many coastal systems.
Since 2.6 million years ago, near the end of the last Ice Age
called the Pleistocene, the Earth's climate has undergone
alternating changes, from icehouse to hot house. The details of
these changes have become known through the study of deep-sea
sediment cores, the waxing and waning of deep polar glaciers in the
Arctic and Antarctic, and their effects on the layered circulation
of the world's oceans. In a complex interplay of factors, the
formation of Sapelo can be proposed.
Come and let Fred put it all together for you; pictures included!
That's Thursday, May 18th, at 7:00PM, in the auditorium of Fort King
George State Historic Site, in Darien.
We will host our Annual Picnic again in June this year. It will
be held at 6pm at Fort King George Historic State Park in the picnic
area. There will be food and games! Please plan to attend this
chance to visit with your friends in history!
TBD – We will send out notice of this meeting by email later.
Not sure yet what it will be, but it WILL be a good one!