James W. Skehan, S.J.


Professor & Director Emeritus
Mailing Address:
Weston Observatory, Department of Geology & Geophysics, 381 Concord Road, Weston, MA 02193-1340
Tel: (617) 552 8312
Fax: (617) 552 8388
E-mail: skehan@bc.edu


Department of Geology & Geophysics
Weston Observatory
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Spring Courses
Planet Earth II, GE 125.01 & GE126.01
Earth, Spirituality, & "Spiritual Aerobics", UN 514.01
Fall Course:
Planet Earth I, GE 115.01 & GE116.01
Courses offered in other semesters
Tectonics of the Appalachian Orogen

Office Hours:

Monday & Wednesday 12:45-1:30 or by appointment, Devlin 325


Areas of Principal Geological Research Interests

Regional Field Studies. My research has been related to both Laurentian and peri-Gondwanan terranes and is concerned more specifically with the evolution of the late Proterozoic to Jurassic rocks of southern New England. A special focus is on the Avalonian-related peri-Gondwanan terranes relative to Applachian terranes


Avalonoian Correlations. Regional studies in New England's West-Avalon terrane has led to the study of its other segments from Maritime Canada to Belgium, and of the Cadomian or East-Avalon terrane in Europe, West Africa, and South America.


Assembly and Dispersal of Supercontinents Intercontinental correlations have led to the reconstruction of paleopositions and growth of cratons as they assemble in supercontinental clusters, and again as they have been dispersed into new configurations that resulted in a new cycle of assembly and breakup of these supercontinents.


Science and Religion

Theological Basis for a Judeo-Christian Position on Creationism

The Age of the Earth, of Life, and of Mankind: Geology and Biblical Theology versus Creationism






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