Tonight - Wessels on Acadia’s ‘Granite, Fire, and Fog’


Community Happenings
Belfast Free Library
106 High Street * Belfast, ME 04915
(207) 338-3884, ext. 10
belfastlibrary.org
Jul 11, 2017
6:30 PM - 7:45 PM
Courtesy of: Tom Wessels Tom Wessels

Belfast — Author and ecologist Tom Wessels will give a talk about his new book, “Granite, Fire, and Fog: The Natural and Cultural History of Acadia,” Tuesday, July 11, at 6:30 p.m. at the Belfast Free Library, 106 High St.

Acadia National Park, on Maine’s Mount Desert Island, is among the most popular national parks in the United States. From the road, visitors can experience magnificent vistas of summit and sea, but on a more intimate scale, equally compelling views abound along Acadia’s hiking trails.

An ecologist, naturalist and avid hiker, Wessels attributes the park’s popularity — and its unusual beauty — to the way in which earth, air, fire and water, in the form of glacially scoured granite, winter winds, fire and ocean fog, have converged to create a landscape that can be found nowhere else. In this book, Wessels invites readers to investigate the natural history of Mount Desert Island, along with the unique cultural story it gave rise to.

Wessels is a professor of ecology and the founding director of the master’s degree program in conservation biology at Antioch University New England. He is the author of four other books including “The Granite Landscape: A Natural History of America’s Mountain Domes, from Acadia to Yosemite.”

This talk is free and open to the public. Books will be available to purchase at the program. For more information, call the Library at (207) 338-3884, ext. 10.