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2019 Field Trip

Clemson Hydrogeology Symposium

Clemson Hydrogeology Symposium

Two different trips are offered this year.

The FT dates for the day before and after the Symposium (April 3 and 5 this year) tend to fill up VERY QUICKLY.  We limit the number of attendees on our field trips so sign up ASAP.  If you try to register for a FT date and it is unavailable it is because that date is filled up.

1. Geology of Whiteside Mountain, North Carolina

Dates: April 3, 5, and 26

This trip was originally offered in 2009 but this year we will visit some different locations that demonstrate the nature of the contact between the intrusive Whiteside Gneiss and the country rock of the Ashe Metamorphic Suite.  A walk to the top of the Whiteside Mountain from the north side will be offered to those so inclined at the end of the trip.

Schedule: Meet at 8 AM, back to Clemson at 5:30 PM.


Whiteside Mountain with Whiteside Gneiss on lower right and the roof pendant of Ashe Metamorphic Suite on upper left.

2. Geology of the Chattooga River

Dates: April 29 and June 18

Section III of the Wild and Scenic Chattooga River will be traversed.  We will examine geologic controls on the evolution of a bedrock controlled river system subject to stream piracy. Spectacular exposures of the Ashe Metamorphic Suite (Tallulah Falls Formation of Hatcher) are found along this section. This trip necessitates small groups and you must be in very good physical condition. You should be a competent swimmer and capable of carrying an inflatable kayak a ¼ mile to the river and back with uphill sections.

Schedule: Meet at 8 AM, back to Clemson at 5:30 PM.


Looking downstream from the beginning of the Rock Garden at the prominent fins with northeast-southwest striking foliation dipping sharply to the southeast.