May 8, 2007
Tom De Lancey, part-time geology instructor at Colorado Mountain College's Alpine Campus in Steamboat Springs, shows off some of the rocks he teaches with in Bristol Hall on Monday. The large rock on the right, closest to his arms, is shale imprinted by a clam 100 million years ago. Campus administrators recently named De Lancey adjunct faculty of the year for the Steamboat campus.
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In a matter of minutes, Tom De Lancey can teach jaw-dropping facts - such as how the top of Mount Werner contains rocks that are more than 3 billion years old and once sat 30 miles below the surface of the planet.