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Hydrogeologic Settings
Fractured Crystalline Rocks
NC Coweeta LTER
Chattooga River

Fractured Sediments
Oak Ridge, TN

Mammoth Cave, KY
Mammoth Cave, KY 2004
Murfreesboro, TN
Santee, SC

Chattooga River Field Trip

The Chattooga River provides an excellent exposure of Tallulah Falls Formation rocks found in the Piedmont and Blue Ridge including the Clemson area. The best way to view the rock structures is at river level in a boat. The Chattooga is a federally designated Wild and Scenic River and the section we go down has numerous rapids which are challenging but easily navigated with an inflatable kayak.

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group photo

Group amassing for the start of the trip.




Potholes are a mechanism for river erosion in the absence of fractures.



Resistant fins of gneiss dipping east on limbs of westward verging folds.

rapid 1

Fun rapids mixed with geology make for a great trip.

rapid 2

It's easier than it looks!


Pods of amphibolite with boudins of felsic material.


Migmatite is indicative of high temperature at depth during deformation that allows felsic mobilization.

rapid 3

Fun to the very end.



Last Updated: August 16, 2017 -- Questions or comments, contact Scott Brame.
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