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A virtual tour of the landmarks and geologic clues of the massive volcanoes and geological events that shaped Chaffee County landmarks –will be the topic for the next lecture in the Central Colorado Conservancy’s 2019 Conservation Lecture Series; titled Geologic Tales of Chaffee County. Local geologist and board chair of the Central Colorado Conservancy, Cindy Williams, will deliver the second of three lectures in the series at 6:45 p.m. Thursday, March 21, at the Buena Vista Community Center, 715 E. Main St.

A classic view of  Mt. Princeton. The geological formation of the peak will be included in the March 21 lecture Geologic Tales of Chaffee County. Photo by Jan Wondra

According to Williams, the lecture is an opportunity to learn how local landscapes, such as the “Castles” and Triad Ridge near Trout Creek Pass, Buffalo Peaks, Mt. Shavano and the hot springs area near Mt. Princeton – have been shaped by some amazing geologic events. The program will begin with a brief geologic history of the Chaffee County area and move on to a virtual tour of landmarks across the county and beyond.

Williams is also co-lead of Envision Chaffee County. She spent 30 years in the international mining industry, serving as vice president of Business Opportunity Creation at Newmont Mining, the world’s largest gold mining company, working in 13 countries. She holds a BSc and MSc in Economic Geology from Colorado State University.

Tickets are $10 for Central Colorado Conservancy members and $12 for non-members. All students are free, and the doors will open at 6:15 p.m. Tickets are available at the door that evening, or at the Central Colorado Conservancy Office, located at 128 East First St., Salida.