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Geology Program Spends Fall Break in Appalachian Mountains

EKU geology students in Appalachian Mountains over fall break.

Instead of a 4-day weekend of leisure and family time, faculty and students in the B.S. Geology program spent their Fall Break in Pendleton County, WV, engaging in authentic learning.  Three faculty members and two dozen students braved a chilly, wet fall weekend to analyze the sedimentary rocks in the Valley and Ridge province of the Appalachian Mountains, and interpret their deformation as a result of the mountain-building that took place during what is known as the Allegheny Orogeny.  The group spent two full days in the field, gathering data and collecting samples to bring back for further analysis.  They will combine the field data with laboratory results of the collected rock samples and remote sensing data to develop a geologic map and cross-section of the area and a written report describing the sedimentary rocks and their structures.  This authentic learning experience addresses all facets of EKU’s QEP – students must critically analyze the data and synthesize their interpretation, and then communicate their findings in both visual and written formats.

Published on October 20, 2014

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