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2018 Field Trip

Clemson Hydrogeology Symposium

Clemson Hydrogeology Symposium

Geology of the Tugaloo Terrane and Engineering Geology of the Cedar Cliff Development, Southwestern North Carolina

Dates: April 11, April 13, and May 3, 2018

Field Trip Leaders: Malcolm Schaeffer and Sarah Townsend

The field trip will examine outcrops along NC State Highways 107 and 281 and US Highway 64 in southwestern North Carolina with an emphasis on the structural, plutonic, and tectonic relationships in the Tugaloo Terrane of southwestern North Carolina.  Included is a stop at Cedar Cliff Hydroelectric Development, owned by Duke Energy of the Carolinas, Inc., where the deformation and intrusive history of the area was developed during an engineering geology and geotechnical investigation to support upgrades of the Inflow Design Flood. The geologic history of the area and the engineering geology related to the upgrades will be revealed through outcrops and rock core obtained during site investigation.

A granite, directly behind Sarah, intruded after the development of folding in the Tallulah Falls Formation (TFF) biotite gneiss. The contact with TFF rocks is to the left of where she is standing.