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Sierra Club Webinar: How Geology Shaped Your Favorite Mountains and Waterfalls

April 1 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

On April 1, the Sierra Club presents Bill Jacobs, local author, who will explain “How Geology Shaped Your Favorite Mountains and Waterfalls.”

Time: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Online via Zoom

Register in advance at
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

This event is free and open to the public.

Over 500 million years of geology created the mountains of Western North Carolina (WNC). Learn that history, and how it resulted in WNC’s wide variety of waterfalls and mountains.

The author of Whence These Special Places? The Geology of Cashiers, Highlands & Panthertown Valley, Jacobs will explain the extraordinary geologic processes that produced WNC’s array of mountains and waterfalls. While the book focuses on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau, in doing so it explains the geologic processes that created the Blue Ridge as a whole, and many notable waterfalls and mountains. Jacobs’ particular interest is how the unique appearances of many of our most popular natural features are explained by differences in their geologic history.

In this program, he will explain WNC’s geologic history and how differences in that history have created very different physical features. It’s the geologic history that explains, for example, why Sliding Rock and Looking Glass Falls are so different. They are located just a couple of miles apart on the same stream, yet one is so smooth you can slide on it and the other is a sheer precipice. He will also discuss such other iconic features as Shining Rock, Devil’s Courthouse, Craggy Pinnacle, and Pearson’s and Little Bearwallow Falls.

Using numerous photographs and graphics, Jacobs makes this program accessible to scientists and non-scientists alike. Questions about both the geology – and the book – will be welcomed.

Currently a resident of Montford, Jacobs retired from a 38-year career as a lawyer in 2011. During the years leading up to and following his retirement, Jacobs spent many hours roaming the mountain roads and trails. As his familiarity with the region grew, so too did his curiosity about how the Blue Ridge arose with its collection of marvelous natural features. Following his retirement, Jacobs dove into studying the area full time.
For more information, contact Judy Mattox,, (828) 683-2176.


April 1
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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NC United States