Richard D. Little
Products & Services
Tours, Publications, Videos,
Workshops, Presentations, Consulting
Grand View Lane Easthampton, MA 01027 -
“LOCAL GEOLOGY” PROGRAMS
for schools and adult
programs run about 45 - 60 minutes (with
workshops with field component available; please
1. “Dinosaurs Dunes and
Drifting Continents: the geology of the Connecticut
Valley” POWERPOINT program
This program covers 600
million years of geologic history illustrating how the Connecticut Valley
Region evolved into the beautiful rocks and landscapes we see today. Learn about where we were before Pangea and
how the break-up of this “supercontinent” resulted in the Connecticut
Valley. Armored mud balls, dinosaurs,
lava flows, glaciation, Lake Hitchcock, and our human links to our local
geology are all covered, abundantly illustrated and with humor.
This fast paced program has
been seen by dozens of groups from seniors to upper elementary school
This program in PowerPoint
format draws on the author’s 25 years of leading groups to North America’s
“fantastic landscapes”. He will present
pictures and stories from Hawaii, Alaska, Canadian Rockies, and the
and relate these scenic landscapes to the geologic history of the
Valley Region. You will be surprised and amazed at the “connections” we
North America’s famous, dramatic, scenery.
“3. The Iceland –
Connecticut Valley Connection: fire, ice, and continental
PowerPoint program will feature the pictures and experiences of Prof.
Little’s “Fantastic Landscapes” Tours to Iceland. You will see how Iceland came to be such a
unique place on Earth as we look at amazing waterfalls, the world’s most
geyser, great faults, and what happens when volcanoes erupt under
glaciers. The Connecticut Valley
region's geological history has a lot in common
with the spectacular events
of Iceland and Prof. Little will illustrate our
“4. Geologic History of the Deerfield River
Valley: Including 22.5 Mysteries and Strange Facts that
You Probably Don't Know
This program will look at the interesting
geology stories of the Deerfield River, such as: Why
does the river change so dramatically from its uplands
to mouth? Are the Glacial Potholes really "glacial"
and are they potholes or plunge pools? Why does the
Deerfield turn and flow north as it enters the
south-directed Connecticut River? You will be educated
and entertained in this program about one of the most
interesting rivers in the region.
“5. Geology of Mt. Sugarloaf
South Deerfield's premier mountain is our local version of
Australia's "Ayers Rock" and it records an interesting geologic history.
This program will explore how Mt Sugarloaf was created, and will also
look at adjacent areas of the Pocumtuck Range and Connecticut Valley.
<93>6. "Holey Basalt!" The amazing geology stories in Mt Tom and the Holyoke Range.
The Holyoke Range extends E-W from the Amherst area and then curves southward extending
completely across Connecticut. It is composed of more than 400 feet of basalt lava from the Age of
Dinosaurs¿ Jurassic Period. Find out about the development of this significant and interesting landscape
that forms the backbone of the Connecticut River Valley in Massachusetts and Connecticut. You will
learn about Pangea, flood basalts, dikes, sills, development of the Connecticut Valley and its dramatic
topography, glacier action and Lake Hitchcock. Many interesting mysteries are solved in this program.
<93>7. Geologic History of Your School or Town.
The Conn. Valley area is "the best place in the world to
study geology!" Bring Richard Little to your town, school, or classroom to discover why. Over the years
Prof. Little has given many talks on the geology of our region and he will present a personalized
program for your group. See how your town fits into the amazing geology story that is western New
England. He will bring geologic samples to touch and (depending on supply) some free samples, too.
Negotiable, depending on equipment needed and
distance and time
involved, and grant availability.
Please call / email
to discuss your