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Mapping the Ice Age Geology of the White Mountains, New Hampshire

September 15, 2021 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm


Presented in person at the Museum of the White Mountains.

In person attendance is limited to 40 people. Pre-registration is required. Spaces are limited and on a first come first served basis. Masks are required. Please email Rebecca at to register (please list names and emails of any guests who will be attending with you).

Please note: this program will *not* be recorded at the presenter’s request.


Woody Thompson will draw upon his 30 years of field work in the White Mountains to explain how geologic mapping has been used to unravel the Ice Age geology of northern New Hampshire.  He will discuss the use of topographic maps, aerial photographs, and recent laser imaging of the Earth’s surface (LiDAR) to better understand the regional geology.  The evidence of late-glacial climate changes in the White Mountains will be related to actual features that can be seen on the land surface. 

Woody Thompson grew up in Holderness, New Hampshire and majored in geology at Dartmouth College. He earned his Master’s degree from the University of Vermont and Ph.D. from Ohio State University. He formerly worked in Connecticut for the U.S. Geological Survey, and for the Maine Geological Survey from 1975 to his “retirement” in 2014. He was chief compiler and science editor on the glacial geologic map of Maine and also worked on the state map of Connecticut. 

Woody has taught geology courses and collaborated on numerous research projects with the University of Maine including field work in Antarctica. He has published extensively on the glacial geology of Maine and the White Mountains and belongs to several professional societies in the U. S. and Canada. He is presently doing some mapping in New Hampshire for their state Geological Survey. 

Presented as part of the Museum’s summer exhibition: Wayfinding: Maps of the White Mountains. The Virtual Summer 2021 Speaker Series was made possible with support from New Hampshire Humanities, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities. Learn more at 


September 15, 2021
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm


Museum of the White Mountains
34 Highland Street
Plymouth, NH 03264 United States
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