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New Harmony, Indiana, has an important place in the history of geology for North America. David Dale Owen, son of Robert Owen, who had attempted to establish a communal society in New Harmony, developed an impressive geological enterprise there. D.D. Owen's work included geological training at his New Harmony laboratories and the first geological mapping expeditions for many states and districts in the expanding United States. He served as the first state geologist for Indiana, a position also held by his brother, Richard. Several scientific notables, including William Maclure, Charles Lyell, Thomas Say, and others visited and studied natural history while based in New Harmony. The famous "Boatload of Knowledge" brought several artists, teachers, scientists, and other intellectuals to their new home in New Harmony, Indiana. Our trip to some of the original sites in this important town, including D.D. Owen's geological laboratories and Maclure's Working Men's Institute, will take us through the characteristic southwestern Indiana landscape of glacial-meltwater-lake plains, loess mantled bedrock uplands, and the Ohio and Wabash River valleys.

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