Don't miss the opportunity to hear the story of how the state's mountains and
rocks 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
to hold the Visiting Geologist Program
at certain state parks. Survey staff present an easy-to-understand geologic
slide show in the evening and then lead a relaxed-pace geologic walk the next morning.
The lively and informative evening slide show focuses on how the land we now
know as West Virginia originally formed. Photographs taken from 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
discusses how the geologic history 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 rock collections at home and have
a better understanding of the area's geologic history.
Please check back here
for the any updates to the Visiting Geologist schedule, and as always, it is
recommended that you call the state
park for specifics regarding meeting places and times for the geologist's visits.