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Field Trips & Workshops


  1. Plio-Pleistocene Stratigraphy and Paleontology of Southeastern North Carolina.
    Cosponsored by The Paleontological Society; National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT).
    Sat., 26 March. US$75. Max.: 15. — FULL
    Greg Dietl, Paleontological Research Institution; Lauck Ward, Virginia Museum of Natural History; Tricia Kelley, UNCW.
  2. Natural Gas Resource Potential of the Sanford Sub-Basin of the Deep River Triassic Rift Basin.
    Cosponsored by Eastern Section SEPM.
    Sat., 26 March. US$80; includes lunch and breaks. Max.: 50. — FULL
    This trip begins and finishes in Raleigh North Carolina.
    Jeff Reid, NCGS; Kenneth Taylor, NCGS.
    After the field trip, the Eastern Section of the Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM) will partially reimburse each participating student member. For information, go to
  3. Transition between the Raleigh and Carolina Terranes in North-Central North Carolina.
    Sat., 26 March. US$85; includes lunch. Max.: 24. — FULL
    This trip begins and finishes in Henderson North Carolina.
    David Blake, UNCW; Skip Stoddard, NCGS; Phil Bradley, NCGS.



  1. Standardized Core Logging Techniques for Students.
    Cosponsored by the Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM)
    Sat., 26 March, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
    Kathleen Farrell, NCGS; Jean Self-Trail, USGS; T. Scott Bruce
    Core logging is a high-end, observation-based skill useful in characterizing the stratigraphic framework of depositional systems.  This hands-on workshop will introduce students to several standard methods used for logging sediment and sedimentary rocks.  Sediment and rock classification will be reviewed, upgraded, and integrated with the proposed logging methods.  These methods include:  1) graphic logging for interpreting process-based stratigraphy, 2) a field method of core description, and 3) cuttings analysis. Fee US$20. This workshop will be held on the UNCW Campus; maps will be provided.
  2. Surface and Subsurface Geological and Environmental Issues in the Coastal Plain.
    Cosponsored by the UNCW Science and Mathematics Education Center
    Sat., 26 March, 8:30 a..m.–12:30 p.m.
    Roger Shew, University of North Carolina Wilmington
    Surface and groundwater resources, droughts and floods, soils and ecosystems, sea level changes and storms, and air quality and storm water are all important issues in the Coastal Plain. Maps (topographic, remote sensing, soil, aquifer, geologic, and hazard maps) and cores (soil and aquifer) will be used to investigate the resources and issues. Comparisons of change over time on the coast and in the watersheds will be used to address questions that have both economic and social consequences for the rapidly growing populations in the coastal plain. Maps, exercises, and curriculum materials will be provided that are matched to the science standards. This workshop will be held on the UNCW Campus; maps will be provided.
  3. Developing and Using Conceptest Questions and Electronic Response Systems in the Classroom.
    Funded by NSF-CCLI Grant #0716290
    Thurs., 24 March, noon–1:30 p.m.
    Ann Holmes, University of Tennessee-Chattanooga
    Jake Armour, University of North Carolina Charlotte
    This workshop capitalizes on the growing trend to introduce electronic student response systems in lecture classes for the geosciences.  Many faculty are interested in this method that engages students, but do not know how or where to begin.  This one-hour workshop will introduce faculty to a schema for developing their own questions and  provide an opportunity to develop and review such activities. Participants will leave the workshop with the pedagogical foundation and a set of questions they can use should they decide to start using this technology.


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