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Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences

2017 Field Trip


Geology of Dupont State Forest and the Standingstone Quadrangle, SC and NC

Dates: April 5 and April 7, and May 4

Note: The April 5 and 7 trips are full, only the May 4 trip has spaces left.

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Field Trip Leaders: Jack Garihan and Scott Brame

Standingstone Mountain (SM) 7.5-minute quadrangle and Dupont State Forest (DSF) in North Carolina are situated within the rugged part of the western Inner Piedmont. The escarpment of the Blue Ridge Front winds its way across the southern margin of SM with lines of impressive exfoliation domes (balds) formed on Table Rock gneiss. Five Paleozoic fault-bound crystalline sheets occur in this quadrangle which makes it unique in its complexity.
The emphasis of this field trip is to view the metamorphic rock types within each sheet and to describe the nature of the faults that separate them. In addition to observing the geologic controls on the impressive waterfalls at DSF, we will examine the hanging wall and footwall of the Eastatoee fault that are duplicated by later faulting in a traverse along the CCC Camp Road and make a walking traverse along Pinnacle Mountain Road though the hanging wall and footwall of the Seneca fault south of Pinnacle Peak. These roadcut exposures are unusual in that the fault contact can be easily traced laterally.
All field trips are approved for 8 CECs.

Triple Falls, Dupont State Forest, NC

Upon registering, you will receive more information via email as well as updates about weather conditions the week before the trip.
Be sure to bring your own WATER bottle and to wear appropriate clothing!

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Last Updated: March 1, 2017      -- Questions or comments, contact Scott Brame.
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