Visiting Geologist Program at State Parks
Don't miss the opportunity to hear the story of how the state's mountains and
minerals formed and their importance to our economy. From June through August,
West Virginia Geological and Economic Survey staff work with the
West Virginia Division of Tourism and
State Parks to hold the Visiting Geologist Program
at state parks. Survey staff present an easy-to-understand evening geologic
slide show and lead a relaxed-pace morning geologic walk at several parks.
The lively and informative evening slide show focuses on how the land we now
know as West Virginia originally formed. Slides taken around the state
illustrate the importance of West Virginia's hundreds of millions of years
of geologic history to our present mineral wealth, economy, breathtaking
scenery, and the geology of the particular park.
The presentation answers questions such as: How did the mountains form?
Can dinosaur remains be found in West Virginia? Can I find gold here? Did
glaciers ever cover the state?
On display before and after the talk are maps, geologic articles, and books
about the park along with general information about West Virginia's rocks and
fossils. Our free publication sales catalog is also available at those
times, and questions about West Virginia's geology, including rock and fossil
identification, are encouraged.
Take a closer look at the area's rocks, fossils, and terrain the next morning
on a guided geologic walk. In one or two hours, the visiting geologist
points out how the history of the ancient rocks can be deciphered from the
clues the rocks themselves reveal. Although rocks in the parks cannot be
collected, when armed with the information gained from the visit,
participants can create their own collections from the rocks at home and have
a better understanding of the area's ancient history.
The parks and number of visits varies each year. Please check back
for the any updates to the Visiting Geologist schedule.
View the 2012 Visiting Geologist Schedule NEW!
And, as always, it is recommended that you check your local paper or call the state
park for specifics regarding meeting places and times for the geologist's visits.
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