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1 GLY 421: Petrology of the Blue Ridge Province, VA Spring, 2010 Preparation for the trip: Read the sections in your textbook on 1- Igneous structures (Chapter 4) 2- Go over the chapter on the classification of igneous rocks. 3- Go over the nomenclature of pyroclastic rocks. 4- Go over chapter 21 (Introduction to metamorphism) 5- Read pages 491 – 506 (metamorphic textures) 6- Read pages 537 – 549 (Facies) 7- Any reading on the Geology of the southern Appalachians with some emphasis on the Blue Ridge province would help (see reference list). Things to bring with you: 1- Brunton compass (check it out from Janet) 2- Rock hammer, preferably a sledge hammer. 3- Hand-lens + pocket knife 4- Clipboard, field notebook, marker pens, pencils, rulers, erasers, and sharpeners. 5- Hiking shoes and clothes that are comfortable and water resistant. Be prepared for cold and possibly rainy weather. 6- Packed lunches for 2 days? (unless you want to eat at fast food places). Please note that no alcoholic drinks are allowed while we are doing field work. To ensure everyone’s safety, consumption of alcoholic beverages is also prohibited during the entire duration of this trip. Itinerary: Friday at noon: leave Marshall University Arrive at stop 1 ~ 3:00 p.m. Work on stops 1 – 3 along Hwy 21. Drive to Independence to eat dinner at a restaurant and spend the night Saturday morning: Breakfast at the motel; prepare packed lunches? Hit the road ~ 8:00 a.m. Cover stop 4 at Mt. Rogers. Eat lunch. Saturday afternoon: Cover stops 5 through 8. Drive to Claremont, NC via Statesville, spend the night at Super 8 Motel in Claremont (828-459-7777). Sunday morning: Breakfast at Motel. Leave for Asheville at ~ 8:00 a.m.; arrive at stop 9 at ~ 11:00 a.m. Lunch at stop 9. Leave for stops 10 – 11 ~ 12:30 p.m. Work on stops 10 & 11 until ~ 2:00 p.m. Head back to highway and towards Huntington. Stop along the way at Kingsport (stop 12). Expected arrival at Huntington ~ 7:30 p.m.
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2 Introduction to the Geology of the area The geology of Virginia and North Carolina is best interpreted in the context of the evolution of the southern Appalachians. This material can be best found in articles such as that of Hatcher (1989), as well as several useful websites such as: http://csmres.jmu.edu/geollab/vageol/vahist/16pghisH.html prepared by Fichter and Baedke, and http://www.radford.edu/~fldsch/RUFieldschool/fieldtrips/MountRogers/MtRogersIndex. html prepared by the Radford University Geology Field School (J. Tso). In fact, I strongly encourage you to read the material on these two web sites before our trip. Most of the material presented here is from these web sites, Hatcher’s paper, and Rankin’s (1992) work. The southern Appalachians are subdivided into five NE-SW trending physiographic/
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