GEOL 230 Field Methods in the Appalachians 2015

Students in Mapping (as Field Methods in the Appalachians is known) learn how to read, interpret, and construct geologic maps and cross sections: they collect field attitude data, describe outcrops within the context of mappable units, and make use of stratigraphic successions in constructing maps. Students also learn how to handle ambiguity, and to synthesize incomplete data to make an interpretation. A secondary objective of this course is to learn fundamental geologic concepts of regional geology by traveling in the Appalachians to relate these concepts to what is exposed in the field. Students learn the basic stratigraphy and structure and general geologic history of the south-central Blue Ridge, Appalachians Valley and Ridge and Plateau, and relate these to the modern and ancient plate-tectonic setting for the area.

Prerequisites: Instructor consent and either GEOL 100, 101, or 105.