Geology Field Trips

A weekend field trip is usually offered in conjunction with the primary upper-level geology course sequence: Earth Materials-Sedimentary Geology-Structural Geology. These overnight trips are usually run every semester and all geoscience students are welcome to attend. The cost for the trips is usually nominal or free and is partly subsidized by the Department of Physical Sciences.

Nearly all geology courses include local day trips and field projects completed during lab exercises. In addition, GEOL 404 (Field Geology) is taught for 4-5 weeks in the field in northern New Mexico and central Colorado.

Examples of past weekend field trips include:

Geology and petrology of the Fairy Stone Lake area, Virginia

Igneous rocks and structural geology of Pendleton County, WV and vicinity

Southern Appalachian Blue Ridge in the vicinity of the Grandfather Mountain Window (Boone to Spruce Pine)

Granitic rocks and structures in the southern Appalachian Blue Ridge of Georgia and North Carolina

Igneous and metamorphic rocks in the northern Blue Ridge of Virginia and Smithsonian mineral collections in Washington, D.C.

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