Professor Shaler lectured last evening in the University Museum on the "Geology of New England." This lecture was the first in the Natural History Society's course on the Natural History of New England.
The region known as New England, Professor Shaler said, was very fitly named, inasmuch as both its geological and geographical features are in many respects similar to those of old England. The same peculiar specializations of structure are noticeable in both places. In the formation of the North American continent the New England region was the first to emerge above sea level. It has, therefore, acquired a permanence of character not to be found in any other part of the continent. This characteristic was further increased by the glaciers which at three distinct periods have passed over New England, thus increasing the hardness of the earth's surface.
These glaciers also augmented the topographical peculiarities of New England and consequently afforded more variety in human interests and human development. The effect of the glacial movement of the soil was also good, making it of a more enduring character. Undoubtedly all these conditions went toward making the New England type of man as high as any in the world.