Make Armored Mud Balls a State "Sedimentary Structure"



I believe in preservation of natural artifacts and want to help bring knowledge of geology to the general public.

James Moisson (Groton, 2021-05-25)


I'm a docent at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City and I appreciate the significance of paleontologic discoveries in Massachusetts.

Mary Ann Lowen (Amherst, 2021-07-03)


I have never signed a petition, so let this be the first! Yay for armored mud balls!

Justin Lippert (Turners Falls, MA, 2021-09-18)



Amber Dupuis (South Deerfield, 2021-09-18)


Professor Little is an inspiration to all those who study and appreciate natural history. He generously donates his time to educate youth and community groups.

Chevy . (SOUTH HADLEY, 2021-10-02)


Because who doesn't love the quirkiness of geology? Armored mud balls could be made as cookies, or cake!

Candace Drimmer (Northampton, 2021-10-11)


I am signing because we have such unique geologic features in Franklin County, and I want to see them preserved and protected.

David Collins (Ashfield , 2021-11-11)


I am signing this petition because I believe that the armored mud balls are important and should be protected.

Kathleen Spencer (Ashfield, 2021-12-01)


Recognizing these unique structures will enhance peoples' understanding of the glacial history of Massachusetts. Our state's glacial history is tied in many ways to our natural resources, landforms, economy and cultural history.

Molly Hale (Florence, 2021-12-06)


I want the mud balls saved .

Beverly L Demars (GILL, 2021-12-09)


I am a supporter or Richard Little, and if he believes something is important, then I do too.

Jim Perry (Shelburne Falls, 2021-12-16)


Armored mud balls are rarely seen, uniquely presented in this area and a critically important key to the geological processes that shaped the Pioneer Valley and Massachusetts.

They’re worth saving as much and for the same reasons for saving the Massachusetts Statehouse building!

Art Schwenger (Heath , 2021-12-16)


Because AMBs Rock!! :)

Jacqueline Cappuccio (Turners Falls, 2021-12-17)


These are incredible and we need to preserve them for future generations.

Kim McKeage (Greenfield, 2021-12-27)


We need to protect as much of our geologic heritage in the United States as possible and this is one small but significant sedimentologic step.

Richard Bailey (Boston, 2022-01-10)


As an Oregon geologist, I recognize the importance of preserving rare geological features that shed light on the Earth's deep history. In my 35 years working the western US I have not seen lithified armored mudballs in the field--they are exceedingly rare.

Frank HLADKY (North Bend, 2022-01-10)


I’m signing because I love rocks.

Fran Conley (Turners Falls, MA, 2022-01-13)


I want to support this cause!
Very rare and important.

Theresa Rice (Gill, 2022-01-13)


These sedimentary structures are rare and should be preserved due to their geological significance.

Paul McLain (Lakeland , 2022-01-19)


I’m signing because these armored mud balls are fascinating, and they’re unique to Massachusetts and should be recognized as such.

Laurette Crane (Warwick, 2022-01-22)


It's our job to preserve history for future generations

Robin Gurdak-Foley (Whately Ma, 2022-01-24)


We should recognize and protect special and unique geological features
"Civilization exists at the whim of geology - subject to change without notice."
Wm. Durant

Jane McGahan (Greenfield, 2022-01-27)


Richard Little was passionate enough to educate me about AMB's during a recent phone call and I believe this unique geological formation should be recognized for it's significance in Franklin County.

Nicole Reigle (Greenfield, 2022-02-01)


The armored mudballs are a fascinating feature. Prof. Richard Little identified and described them as a feature within the last few decades, and used scientific evidence and reasoning to figure out how they were made. For educational purposes and to celebrate their first home in Massachusetts, the mudballs should be named the Massachusetts State Sedimentary Structure!

Sarah Doyle (Turners Falls, 2022-02-04)


Local landscapes give us a sense of place and should be better known and preserved.

Julie Meyer (Florence, 2022-02-04)


The armored mud balls in Turners Falls are amazing. Thank you Professor Little for your dedication to getting the word out!

Janel Nockleby (Turners Falls, 2022-02-04)


I enjoy seeing them at Unity Park and in Greenfield

Wendy Podlenski (Greenfield, 2022-02-04)


We must respect and care for our environment so that we can continue to learn from it.

Felicia Sevene (Amherst , 2022-02-05)


I love that Massachusetts uniquely has these lithified oddities preserved in its geological record, and I'd like to see them acknowledged and celebrated.

Carol Coan (Greenfield, 2022-02-10)


I am an Earth Scientist and TV presenter passionate about rocks, fossils and landforms. I am currently writing my first popular science book all about the wonder of rocks and their secret stories. One of my chapters opens with an armoured mudball I picked up in a wadi in Tunisia on geological fieldwork when I was an undergraduate student. It is one of my most prized possessions! I love this campaign, as for me, AMB are a reflection of how systems function in nature. Thresholds are exceeded, processes respond and create new forms and features. I have never seen lithified mudballs, so to see them here is extraordinary. I hope they get the recognition they deserve and I would love to talk to Professor Little about his passion for AMB and perhaps one day even come and see these features in person to touch them.

Anjana Khatwa (Corfe Mullen, 2022-02-21)


They are geologically significant and unique to Franklin County Massachusetts! We want to make sure they are not forgotten!

Lisa Davol (TURNERS FALLS, 2022-03-12)


I’m signing this petition to make Armored Mud Balls a the official State Sedimentary structure because they are not only unique to Massachusetts, and certainly give Franklin County a claim to fame, but are rare on this earth. They are such a wonderful geological educational tool that why should they NOT be our official State Sedementary Structure?

Annette Kilminster (Greenfield , 2022-03-16)


These are a treasure of our geologic history and should be preserved for future generations.

Beverly Taylor (Templeton, 2022-04-02)


this is a rarity and Prof. Little has done a wonderful video explaining this

Margaret Dougall (Saxtons River, 2022-04-07)


I was inspired by Professor little’s passion for AMBs

Eric Halloran (Shelburne Falls, 2022-04-26)


I believe in armored mud balls!
I want them represented!

Elizabeth Tiffany (Easthampton, 2022-04-28)


I am a retired Professor of Geology at Columbia U. I taught field geology mapping courses, among other things, in which students were introduced to the sediments of the Newark Basin, the western counterparts to the sediments holding the armored mud balls in Massachusetts. We had no such structures. Thus the ones in the CT valley are unusual and worth preserving and celebrating.

David Walker (Piermont, 2022-05-09)


having an official state sedimentary structure draws necessary attention to education in the geosciences. Learning about armored mud balls encourages and facilitates understanding of our state’s important and fascinating geology.

Rebekah Patnode (Greenfield, 2022-06-07)


Armored mudballs are features unique to Massachusetts

Jack Ridge (Medford, 2022-07-04)


I am a science teacher who is a huge fan of this important project. This is a perfect way to engage citizens in the scientific process especially around Earth's history.

Anna Cotton (Vineyard Haven, 2022-07-05)


I strongly support recognition for armored mud balls. Without recognition, the armored mud all will slip into anonymity.

William A.S. Magrath II (Reno, Nevada 89519, 2022-07-31)


These are uniquely preserved and very rare. They are an important geologic phenomena.

Helen Clement (Easthampton, MA, 2022-08-06)


these are extremely rare & we should be recognizing another Jurassic Period find.

KAREN LEPORE-YEGLINSKI (Greenfield, 2022-08-08)


Let's celebrate and recognize ancient Massachusetts!

Sarah Zimm (Leeds, 2022-08-08)


I was a student of Professor Little and am grateful for his teaching and enthusiasm.

Todd Olanyk (Ashfield, 2022-08-09)


When something is virtually unique it deserves recognition and protection. Protect the story of early Massachusetts.

Jeremy Rogers (Shelburne Falls, 2022-08-09)


I'm signing because I want Western Massachusetts to be recognized as a significant area for the study of geology, and for Richard Little to be recognized as the astute scientist he is

Kathryn Lyons (Greenfield, 2022-08-10)


I grew up in Shelburne and remember a field trip to see these fascinating structures. What a neat and unusual piece of local natural history!

Morgan LaPointe (Montpelier, VT, 2022-08-10)


It is most exciting that MA has one of the few places for this geologic formation. We should celebrate and protect it.

Paul Jablon (Greenfield, 2022-08-25)


I agree with the notion that we should preserve armored mud balls and I think officializing them in this way should help in this.

Peter Elliott (Petersham, 2022-08-25)


It's time for our armored mud balls to be recognized!

Maryanne Gallagher (Gill, 2022-09-28)


It's very nice to have a way to honor science that is special about Massachusetts!

Elizabeth Bone (New Salem, 2022-09-30)


A rare natural feature with a great name that is found here in Massachusetts. Armored mudballs are great hook to get kids interested in Earth History and science in general.

William Sillin (Sunderland, MA, 2022-10-06)


The Armoured Mud Balls are great - I'd never heard of them before, but they are geologically interesting and quirky, and definitely should be conserved and celebrated.

Angus Miller (Edinburgh, 2022-10-07)


this is very important.

james erviti (warwick, 2022-10-21)


I am signing this petition to support Professor Little’s quest to get these rare and unique armored mud balls recognized by becoming the official State Sedimentary Structure. How amazing is it to have these in our own back yard!! They need to be recognized and protected by our State!!

Ann Kaczenski (Turners Falls, 2022-10-29)


Im signing because the iron mud balls are only found in Massachusetts !

And what makes it even better is that they were discovered in Turners Falls!

I believe that Massachusetts needs a unique rock or Stone which represents only Massachusetts !

Keith Kaczenski (Turners Falls, 2022-10-29)


“… which makes them (the mud balls) an even more specific symbol of Massachusetts than our state bird of state pie.”

Debby Dreyer (Greenfield, 2022-10-29)


Armored mudballs are such a cool geologic feature of our area!

Marie-Francoise Hatte (Greenfield, 2022-10-29)


Science is important and this little-known natural phenomenon is special and unique. Let's honor it!

Sharin Alpert (Shelburne Falls, 2022-10-29)


Just as the dinosaur footprints from Turners Falls surround the entrance door to the dinosaur room at the Museum of Natural History in NYC. These mud balls should be viewed as an important discovery from our passed and only found here.

james roman (shelburne, 2022-10-29)


I do think lithified mud balls are worthy of state recognition!

Christopher Carlson (Charlemont , 2022-10-29)


The geologic structures in Franklin County are interesting and the rarity of the Armored Mud Ball structures should be celebrated with official recognition by the State of Massachusetts.

Michael Nix (Greenfield, 2022-10-29)


I've seen the mudballs in several locations and they are rare, special and interesting. They just can't be forgotten!

Mary Traver (Greenfield, 2022-10-29)


I live in Massachusetts and have a background in geology, these armoured mud balls are fascinating and important

Keir Jemmett (Alness, 2022-10-29)


The rocks are fossils of life long and should be preserved and exhibited

Margaret Ferry (Deerfield, 2022-10-30)


It takes a lot of signatures to get things done--even important things!

Nancy Morin (Wilbraham, 2022-10-30)


I want to see the geologic structures preserved. Thank you.

Erica Francks (South Deerfield, 2022-10-30)


I grew up in Gill and was fortunate enough to learn about the mudballs in the area. My cousin is a geologist and has studied the mudballs for many years.

Kathy Sisson (Turners Falls, 2022-10-30)


It is important to understand the earth that supports us and learning about the mud balls helps direct attention to the wonders of our world.

R tippens (Colrain, 2022-10-31)


Prof. Little is knowledgable, friendly and a incredible teacher. His discoveries should be protected and preserved and available for any other persons who wonder about our Universe and who can fathom the passage of so much time!

K Chevalier (Montague, 2022-10-31)


I think mud balls are cool! Thank you Dick for showing them to me!

Nancy Hazard (Greenfield, 2022-10-31)


Everything awesome and rare ought to be recognized and protected for future generations. Armored mudballs are both awesome and rare. I commend Professor Little for his efforts and support this endeavor.

edite cunha (Turners Falls, 2022-10-31)


Armored Mud Balls!

Anne Jemas (Turners Falls, 2022-11-01)


It's a great piece of Science to connect to our community!!

Terry Kayne (Leverett, 2022-11-01)


This rare geological phenomenon should be recognized and shared.

Larysa Bachinsky (Florence , 2022-11-02)


Thank you Professor Little for your great educational work, including one of my favorite books, "Dunes, Dinosaurs, and Drifting Continents".

Fred Beddall (Holyoke, 2022-11-02)


This is an important discovery for the State of Massachusetts.

Sheryl Clark (BDL, 2022-11-02)


Yes! Let's commemorate our rare and special armored mud balls!!

Suzanne Lijek (Granby, 2022-11-02)


Hey, I'm all for mud balls!

Tim Walter (Plainfield, 2022-11-02)


I was in a class with Dr. Little in the 90's and we were able to see some of the mud balls in the Greenfield area. It is exciting to know that this is the only place where they can be found.
I hope this designation happens. I'm all for it.
Mary Santiago

Mary Santiago (Amherst, 2022-11-05)


These rare sedimentary structures should be recognized by the Commonwealth, and honored locally in WMass. You rock, Geologist Richard Little!

Linda Marston (Amherst, 2022-11-07)


It’s important to our cultural history.

Susan Wilson (Southampton, 2022-11-09)


this is a highlight in Earths geological history

Scott Fusco (Rowe, 2022-11-11)


It's amazing that Massachusetts has these Jurassic structures that I've never heard about!

Melissa Lynch (Shirley, 2022-11-14)


Who doesn't love armored mud balls?!?!

Shannon Boortz (Dayton, 2022-11-14)

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