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Bob Oldale
Geologist, USGS, Emeritus

"have pick, will travel"

Robert N. Oldale
U. S. Geological Survey

Phone: 508-457-2267
Fax via USGS at: 508-457-2309

Download the book "Cape Cod and the Islands - The Geologic Story"

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B.S.: St. Lawrence University, 1953
Graduate studies: Cornell University, 1953-1955

Since August 1, 1995, I have been a Geologist Emeritus of the U.S. Geological Survey, based at the USGS Marine and Coastal Geoscience Center in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.

As a volunteer for the USGS I plan to compile and publish the geology of the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary and to continue my informal cooperation with the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History and the Cape Cod National Seashore, looking at the geologic features, processes, history, and geo-archaeology of these areas.

During my USGS career I have authored or coauthored more than 140 publications, abstracts, journal papers, and book chapters. I have also published a book on the geology of the Western Gulf of Maine, a booklet on the geologic history of Cape Cod (Online Version) (available at the counters of the Cape Cod National Seashore, and several times reprinted). A PDF version of a book on the geology of Cape Cod and the Islands can be downloaded here.

I am a Fellow of the Geological Society of America, and a member of the American Quaternary Association and Sigma Xi.

Previously, from 1967-1995, I worked with the USGS Office of Marine Geology out of Woods Hole to study the geologic framework of the Atlantic continental shelf from Cape Hatteras to Maine. I also mapped the geology of Nantucket and the nearby islands. My studies have concerned mostly the glacial and postglacial history, the origin of the glacial deposits and glacial landforms, and sea-level history of southeastern New England.

From 1955-1972 I was a geologist for the USGS working out of Boston. During that period I made seismic studies throughout Massachusetts and mapped the surface and subsurface geology in eastern Massachusetts, especially Cape Cod.



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