Geologist Richard Gentile Examines The Kansas City of Millions of Years Ago

For Immediate Release:
March 26, 2013
Contact: Lorenzo Butler
816.701.3669
Geologist Richard Gentile Examines The Kansas City of Millions of Years Ago

What did Kansas City look like millions of years ago? And what do the rocks below our feet tell us about our region during deep time?

Geologist Richard J. Gentile looks at our region's geologic past in KC|BC on Tuesday, April 9, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

Gentile's talk complements the exhibit KC|BC, on display through April 26 at the Central Library, and the exhibit Kansas City Millions of Years Ago - Reading the Rocks, a show of digital illustrations and actual fossils at the Box Gallery in Suite 211 of the Commerce Bank Building, 1000 Walnut St.

Based on his book Rocks and Fossils of the Central United States, with Special Emphasis on the Greater Kansas City Area, Gentile's talk will cover our region's pre-history as part of a vast inland sea and as a forest of towering ferns, as well as geology's contribution to the birth of Kansas City in the mid-19th century.

Gentile is UMKC professor emeritus of geosciences and a volunteer museum curator and docent.

Co-sponsored by the William T. Kemper Foundation - Commerce Bank Trustee and the UMKC Department of Geosciences.

Admission is free. A 6 p.m. reception precedes the event. RSVP at kclibrary.org or call 816.701.3407. Free parking is available at the Library District Parking Garage at 10th & Baltimore.