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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Having fun on our biggest rocks: Museum looks at connection between geology, recreation in White Mountains

The state's newest museum, Plymouth State University’s Museum of the White Mountains, in collaboration with Mount Washington Observatory, will present an exhibit titled To the Extremes: The Geology of Adventure in the White Mountains March 28 through May 28 at the Mount Washington Observatory Weather Discovery Center in North Conway, NH. It features 24 photographic and text panels that detail the connections between geological history and recreation in the White Mountains. An opening reception will be held at the Weather Discovery Center on Friday, March 28 from 5:30 – 7pm.

The exhibition includes topics like the connection of a geologic event such as a landslide and how that precipitates activities like hiking, downhill and backcountry skiing, modern day rock and ice climbing. It also explains the impact of climate change on the region, and the science behind the formation and eventual destruction of the Old Man of the Mountains.

To the Extremes examines the science, art, culture and recreation of the White Mountains, with a special emphasis on mountain tourism and recreation. The exhibition is part of a larger educational project called Beyond Granite: A History of Mountains and People, which also includes online resources at, and an exhibition at the Museum of the White Mountains in Plymouth, slated to open in March 2014.

After the March 28 - May 28 display at the Weather Discovery Center, To the Extremes will appear as a traveling exhibit around New Hampshire as an outreach project of the Museum of the White Mountains.