HCC professors publish Maryland roadside geology guide


(Release: November 19, 2010) - Two Hagerstown Community College professors recently published, “Roadside Geology of Maryland, Delaware, and Washington, D.C,” a travel guide which provides an overview of landforms, rocks, and other geological formations that are visible from the car window or in parks and bike paths throughout the area.

The Maryland guide was a collaboration between John Means, a retired professor of English and geology at HCC; Suzannah Moran, an assistant professor of geography at HCC; and Matthew Moran, an art teacher at Seneca Valley High School in Germantown, Md., and husband to Suzannah Moran. Means wrote the text and took the photographs, and both Suzannah and Matthew Moran drew the maps using Adobe Illustrator software. Matthew Moran also drew some of the sketches that appear in the book.

The Maryland, Delaware, and Washington, D.C. guide is part of the popular Roadside Geology series published by Mountain Press Publishing Company, which features more than 24 geology guides to various states. The Maryland guide chronicles places such as the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historic Park, Assateague Island National Seashore, Rock Creek Park, and Cape Henlopen State Park.

According to Suzannah Moran, the idea for the book came about when she, her husband, and Means discovered that a Maryland guide did not exist. They spent the next seven years working on the guide, which was released earlier this year.

Means retired in 2003 after teaching at HCC for 33 years. Moran currently teaches at the college and has been teaching there since 1999.

For more information about the guide or the Roadside Geology series, go to www.mountain-press.com.