Geology Field Trip – 3 Spaces Opened Up

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Saturday, March 15, 2014
11:30 am - 4:00 pm


Geology Field Trip, March 15, 2014,  11:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
This is your chance to get in on a fabulous day – THREE vacancies have just  opened up –

Geologist for the Commonwealth, David Spears, will lead a field trip in Cumberland State Forest and Bear Creek Lake State Park.  Geologically, Cumberland State Forest is interesting because it straddles the Spotsylvania Fault Zone, a major tectonic boundary.  There, we’ll study many interesting rock types representative of Piedmont geology, including volcanic rocks, fault-sheared rocks, quartz- and mica-rich schists, and Triassic conglomerate and diabase.  Some of these rock types form distinctive soils that lead to varied plant communities.

Collaborating with David, Tom Dierauf, retired Chief of Research for the Virginia Division of Forestry, will help us appreciate the relationship between the geology and soils and the trees growing in the area.

Plan to bring lunch.  We will meet at 11:30 and eat while David gives a short lecture and shows us some maps.  The trip includes a couple of short walks, approximately one half mile each.

There is a $20 fee for the field trip.

If you wish to join us, please email Shirley Gay,

Cumberland State Forest

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