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Mount Washington Observatory Offering 'Old Man of the Mountain' Presentation May 4

North Conway, NH—April 29, 2013—Commemorating the tenth anniversary of the fall of New Hampshire’s famous “Old Man of the Mountain,” Mount Washington Observatory will be offering a special program at its Weather Discovery Center in North Conway on Saturday, May 4 at 7:00 PM. Mount Washington Observatory life trustee Brian Fowler, a retired engineering geologist and recognized expert on the “Old Man,” will discuss how the famed rock profile came to be and why it fell.

Fowler studied the Old Man intensively in association with the construction of Route 93 through Franconia Notch. Probably no one is as familiar with the geological history and structure of the Old Man, or can offer such informed insights as to why the Old Man tumbled from its lofty perch.

Fowler is also a student of the human history associated with the Old Man, including its importance as an emblem of the Granite State and the many attempts to stabilize and preserve it. His presentation will include important facets of both geological and human history associated with the profile, and will also address the work of the Old Man of the Mountain Legacy Fund to keep the heritage of the Old Man alive for future generations.

The presentation is free, and open to the public. Donations to the nonprofit Mount Washington Observatory are welcomed.

About Mount Washington Observatory
Operating within the 59-acre Mt. Washington State Park, Mount Washington Observatory is a private, nonprofit, member-supported research and educational institution with a mission to advance understanding of Earth’s weather and climate. Since 1932, the Observatory has been observing Mount Washington’s incredible extremes from its mountaintop weather station, amassing one of North America’s longest and most unique climate records while conducting scientific research and educational outreach. For weather reports, webcams, summit trips, photos and more, please visit MountWashington.org.


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