In this second installment of Geology on the Run, we explore just a few trails of the many great ones frequented by trail runners along the East Coast. Many of the landscapes traversed by these trails formed during a period in Earth’s history when there were not yet land plants or animals.
Along many of the trails to which we escape, there are rocks of every color, texture, and shape. As you run past some of these rock formations, you are running through geologic history and changing environments on Earth. Learning about paleo-environments helps us understand the past, recognize the present, and predict the future.
Each time you run the trails, you question your worth there. What value can your presence bring to the trails? You understand the value that trails bring to you. Yet you feel that you are an outsider. You feel you do not belong there.