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Retired Chief Geologist of the Arkansas Geological Survey to Speak at Hobbs State Park on the Geology of Ozark Caves

03 Oct 2016 2:40 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
The Ozarks Plateau of northern Arkansas contains over 3000 known caves, and for over 50 years John McFarland has been caving and photographing the beauty of many of these underground marvels.  His love of Ozark caves began when he was a kid.  His passion for them grew, eventually getting his Master of Science-Geology from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.


After graduating from college, McFarland worked for the U.S. Geological Survey in New Orleans, then later at the Arkansas Geological Survey as a staff geologist, eventually retiring as Chief Geologist of the AGS after 30 years of service.  He is a Registered Professional Geologist in Arkansas. (#10)

McFarland’s program will present information on the geologic processes that created these caves via pictures of numerous Arkansas examples.  Illustrations of the different types of cave passages, deposits, formations, and map patterns will be displayed and discussed.  For hardened cavers and non-cavers alike, you will want to enjoy this exciting and vivid look at underground Arkansas.

Where: Hobbs State Park visitor center on Highway 12 just east of the Hwy12/War Eagle Road intersection
When: Sunday October 9, 2016 at 2:00 p.m.
Cost: Free

For more information call Hobbs State Park at: 479-789-5000. This program is a continuation of the Friends of Hobbs Speaker Series.

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