Photo: (Left) 2009 group photo, taken at the diabase wall of Cemetery Ridge at Gettysburg. Pickett’s frontal charge on July 3, 1863 came across the field from the woods in the background toward the Federals crouching behind this diabase wall. (Right) Chickies Rock along the Susquehanna River. The Cambrian sandstone layers are folded here into a prominent anticline.
This field-based domestic travel program is centered on the study and interpretion of rock exposures in the central Appalachians of Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New York. These classic localities have been used by many geologists over the years to piece together the region’s complex Precambrian through Mesozoic igneous, stratigraphic, metamorphic, structural, and plate tectonic history. A geologic guidebook describing the geologic localities to be visited is prepared on the first day of the program using each participant’s research. Emphasis is placed on student learning, observation, discussion, and participation at individual outcrops. Emphasis is also placed on developing student note taking skills and their field notebooks, detailing geologic observations at these exposures.
Localities visited during this trip include the Gettysburg Battlefield (with Dr. Roger Cuffey as the geologic guide), the Newark Triassic-Jurassic basin, the Bear Valley anthracite strip mine, the Yuengling Brewery, Precambrian rocks in the Adirondacks (with Dr. Jim McLelland as the geologic guide), the best Devonian fish fossil collecting locality in the eastern U. S., a mountaintop coal removal site in West Virginia, and a rafting adventure on the New River. Open to both EES majors and non-majors. For more information, contact Dr. Bill Ranson or Dr. Jack Garihan.