John Garihan Furman University

John Garihan has taught classes for undergraduate students at Pennsylvania State University (1968-1973), Indiana University Northwest (1973-1979), and Furman University (1979-2013). These include introductory and major courses in structure, tectonics, geology, field geology, and supervision of senior mapping projects in the South Carolina Inner Piedmont. He also taught field geology at Indiana University’s Geologic Field (for thirteen years between 1974 and 1990), which some Furman students attend. Served 6-years as Chairman, EES Department. Appointed to South Carolina Board of Registration for Geologists as the Academic board member, February 1996 - June 1999. He served as Editor-in-Chief of South Carolina Geology (2007-2012).

He has written peer-reviewed articles for publication and edited over ten guidebooks covering the geology and hydrology of upstate South Carolina. He has lead/co-lead numerous regional geologic field trips for students and professionals (to US Mid-continent, Rockies, and Appalachians, Canada, Mexico, and Iceland). From 1979-present he has mapped and published seventeen 7.5-minute geologic quadrangles (covering ~1100 square miles) as part of his an on-going research program. For 15 years he has been an unpaid Volunteer for the South Carolina Geological Survey, which logistically and technically/cartographically supports the past and currently active geologic mapping and map publication. Furman students have participated in the geologic mapping, and they are cited as co-authors on six published South Carolina geologic maps.

Name Title Description

EES-110

Earth Systems

An introduction to Earth as an evolving, integrated, and cyclic system. Examination of major surficial and internal Earth processes that shape the human environment and control the distribution of geologic resources such as water, fossil fuels, strategic minerals, and soils.

EES-218

Plate Tectonics & Earthquakes

History, theory, and application of the plate tectonic paradigm to ancient and modern earthquake activity and contemporaneous crustal instability. Case studies of modern earthquake activity, paleoseismicity, and prediction.

EES-325

Structural Geology

Origin and description of folds, faults, and fractures. Behavior of Earth materials under stress. Analysis of stress and strain. Modern structural concepts. Field trips required.

EES-425

Regional Tectonics

Emphasis on the history of the tectonic development of North America as demonstrated by structure and stratigraphy.

Selected articles and abstracts published 2010-2012:

*Denotes student authors

  • Garihan, John M. and others, 2010, Editorial: Fieldwork perspective and advice: South Carolina Geology, v. 47, p. 1-16.
  • Garihan, J. M., and C. W. Clendenin, Jr., 2010, Brittle faulting in Landrum, Saluda, and Tigerville quadrangles, Inner Piedmont of South Carolina: Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Programs, v. 42, n. 1, p. 92.
  • *Karow, Nicholas. A., John M. Garihan, and William A. Ranson, 2010, Structure and petrology of complexly deformed gneisses in the Mauldin 7.5-minute quadrangle, Western Inner Piedmont, Greenville, South Carolina: Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Programs, v. 42, n. 1, p. 87.
  • *Stafford, Benjamin J., William A. Ranson, and John M. Garihan, 2010, Preliminary study of mass wasting occurrences along the Middle Saluda River, Jones Gap State Park, Greenville County, South Carolina: Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Programs, v. 42, n. 1, p. 133.
  • Garihan, John M., Cameron Warlick, and William A. Ranson, 2010, Geology and hydrogeology of the Pax Mountain-The Cliffs at Glassy-Landrum area, Greenville and Spartanburg Counties, South Carolina: The 18th Annual David S. Snipes/Clemson Hydrogeology Symposium Field trip guidebook, 28 p.
  • Garihan, J. M., Clendenin, Jr., C. W., and Ranson, W.A., 2010, Geologic map of the Saluda 7.5-minute quadrangle, Greenville and Spartanburg Counties, South Carolina: South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, Geological Survey, Geological Quadrangle Map 48, 1:24,000 scale.
  • Clendenin, C.W. Jr., and Garihan, J.M., 2010, Superimposed Reactivation; Similarities Between Two Large South Carolina Earthquakes, Parts 1 & 2: AEG NEWS 53 – Annual Meeting Program with Abstracts. p. 67.
  • Niewendorp, C.A., Garihan, J.M., and Clendenin, C.W., J., 2010, Geologic map of the Paris Mountain Quadrangle, Greenville County, South Carolina: SCDNR, Geological Survey, Open-File Report, OFR-158, 1:24,000 scale.
  • *Chan Soo, R., *Wickard, A. K., Garihan, J. M., and Ranson, W. A., 2011, Deformational and metamorphic history of Campobello 7.5-minute quadrangle, Tugaloo terrane, Inner Piedmont, South Carolina: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 43, n. 2, p. 31.
  • Garihan, J. M., *Wickard, Alyssa K., *Chan Soo, Rhonda, and Ranson, William A., 2011, Geologic map of the Campobello quadrangle, Greenville and Spartanburg Counties, South Carolina: South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, Geological Survey, Geological Quadrangle Map, GQM 51, 1:24,000 scale.
  • Garihan, John M., 2011, Sequencing brittle deformation: Pattern of faults and cataclastic rocks in the Saluda, Landrum, Tigerville, and Campobello quadrangles, Inner Piedmont, Greenville and Spartanburg Counties, South Carolina: in Huebner, M. T. and Hatcher, Jr., R. D., eds., The geology of the Inner Piedmont at the northeast end of the Pine Mountain window, Geological Society of Georgia Guidebook, v. 31, n. 1, p. 73-90.
  • Garihan, John M., and Ranson, William A., 2012, Outstanding field trip stops along the Blue Ridge Front: Geology in the Bald Rock, Caesars Head State Park, and Camp Greenville area, Greenville County, South Carolina: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 44, n. 4, p. 71-72.
  • Garihan, John M., 2012, Sequencing brittle faulting in the Inner Piedmont, South Carolina: South Carolina Geology, v. 48, p. 37-49.
  • Goforth, Tom, Garihan, Jack, and Brame, Scott, 2012, Connections between geology and plant communities in the Eastatoe Valley, SC: in Connections between geology and plant communities in the Eastatoe Valley, SC, with Roadlog. Goforth, T., Garihan, J. and Brame, S. eds., The 20th Annual David S. Snipes/Clemson Hydrology Symposium Field Trip Guidebook, p. 1-40.
  • Garihan, John M., 2012, Geology of the low-grade metamorphic terrane in northeastern Sunset and southern Eastatoe Gap quadrangles, Greenville and Pickens Counties, South Carolina: in Geologic Studies in the Inner Piedmont, Brevard Zone, and Blue Ridge, South Carolina and North Carolina, Garihan, John M., and Ranson, William A., eds., Guidebook for the 75th Anniversary of the Carolina Geological Society, Greenville, South Carolina, p. 17-29.
  • Garihan, John M., 2012, Roadlog for Saturday, October 13th, 2012, in Geologic Studies in the Inner Piedmont, Brevard Zone, and Blue Ridge, South Carolina and North Carolina, Garihan, John M., and Ranson, William A., eds., Guidebook for the 75th Anniversary of the Carolina Geological Society, Greenville, South Carolina, p. 105-123.
  • Garihan, John M., and Ranson, William A., 2012, Geologic map patterns in the western Inner Piedmont of South Carolina and adjacent North Carolina: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 44, n. 7, p. 590-591.
  • Clendenin, C.W., and Garihan, John M., 2012, Insights into the Brevard Zone in the Lake Jocassee area: in Garihan, John M. and Ranson, W. A., eds., Geologic Studies in the Inner Piedmont, Brevard Zone, and Blue Ridge, South Carolina and North Carolina, Guidebook for the 75th anniversary of the Carolina Geological Society, 2012 Field Trip, p. 75-80.

Geologic structure, tectonics, and geologic history of igneous and metamorphic rocks of the Inner Piedmont in upstate SC and adjacent NC.

Education
Ph.D.
Pennyslvania State University
B.A.
Franklin and Marshall College

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