MegaThis week’s musical guest on Local Routes is Taller Trees, who perform their song Old As Earth. That’s kind of the theme of this video as well. In it, we look at rocks and fossils with geologist Harley Means. He shows us what the old earth around the Apalachicola River tells us about its ancient past.
Music in this video was provided by Chris Matechik. You can catch his band, The Flatheads, playing in and around Apalachicola. The RiverTrek kayak trip featured in this story is a fundraiser for Apalachicola Riverkeeper.
Rob Diaz de Villegas WFSU Media
Alum Bluff was once Apalachicola Bay. Currently, it towers above the Apalachicola River, 84 miles from the coast. Florida’s largest geologic outcropping is a peek under the skin of the earth, eroded into view by the river. Here, we can see millions of years of shifting shorelines and animals long gone. And by we, I mean geologist Harley Means. He sees these things, and he was nice enough to interpret them for us on RiverTrek 2016.