A Guide to the Geology of Southwestern Maine, Arthur M. Hussey II, PhD

Ordering Information

$24.95, Softcover, illustrated, 228pgs, 6×9
ISBN 978-0-615-29183-3
Available from Maine Mineral & Gem Museum

A Guide to the Geology of Southwestern Maine

Arthur M. Hussey II, PhD


Readers’ Comments

“Until now there has not been a modern and authoritative guidebook to the Earth’s history in this part of the State. . . . well illustrated and includes directions to many places you can visit.”

—Woodrow Thompson, Maine Geological Survey

“This guide is a significant addition to Maine’s literature for the naturalist . . . this is a boots-on-the-ground guide that is every bit as good as a textbook on the subject, but far more engaging.”

—Carl Francis, Retired Curator, Harvard University Mineralogical Museum, Cambridge, MA, Curator, Maine Mineral and Gem Museum, Bethel, ME

“An absolute treasure trove of well-organized information on the fascinatingly diverse geology of southwestern Maine. The book not only provides abundant detail for the professional geologist, but is also accessible to the layperson. What a wonderful gift!”

—David West, Professor of Geology, Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT

“Remarkably readable summary of some of Maine’s most interesting geology is seasoned with unique historical snippets that draw us to the rocks . . .”

—Wally Bother, Professor Emeritus of Geology, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH

About the Book

This guide describes and interprets how the rocks and landscape of southwestern Maine came into being and how they evolved over half a billion years of geological time. The intended audience includes interested laypeople, public school teachers, and professional geologists who have an interest in the geology of southwestern Maine. This guide covers that part of Maine roughly bounded by the town of Kittery in the south, Pemaquid Point in the northeast, and the town of Brownfield in the northwest.

About the Author

Arthur M. Hussey, II was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1931. He obtained his BS in geology and mineralogy from the Pennsylvanian State University in 1954, and his PhD in geology from the University of Illinois in 1960. He took a year’s position at Purdue University as visiting Assistant Professor in 1960. In 1961 he accepted a Visiting Assistant Professorship at Bowdoin College. In 1962 he became Assistant Professor. He retired as Professor of Geology, Emeritus, in 2000 after thirty-nine years of teaching and research. Starting in 1958 he worked during summer months for the Maine Geological Survey doing detailed geological mapping in southwestern Maine, and assisted Survey personnel in compiling two editions of the Bedrock Geology of Maine (1965 and 1985). He has compiled numerous detailed maps published by the Maine Geological Survey for southwestern Maine and authored several articles on structure and stratigraphy of the area. During his tenure at Bowdoin College he was curator of the acclaimed Cleaveland Cabinet, Bowdoin’s collection of minerals, rocks, and fossils. He continues these curatorial duties today.