The laboratory portion of this course will introduce you to some basic geologic principles, starting off with basic identification of geologic materials, map use and deformation of rock analogs. Then we will head outdoors to explore geologic and geophysical mapping techniques; and illustrate environmental, geologic and engineering topics through visits to local field sites.

Attendance and participation at each lab is mandatory, and advance preparation is essential. For outdoor labs, keep an eye on the weather channel so you can be prepared, rain, shine or snow!

Take a look below for the lab syllabus and recent photos of our field trip sites!

Lab Syllabus
Bring lab manual to all indoor labs!

  Jan. 18 "Planet Earth, Living Machine"
Video: Geologic Principles & Processes
  Jan. 25 Minerals and Rocks
Identification Of common rocks and minerals
  Feb. 1 Maps &Compass

Intro to topographic and geologic maps;
Using a compass to measure geologic features in 3-dimensional space

  Feb. 8 Deformation of Rock Analogs
Creating folds and faults using clay, sand and gelatin as analogs; don't wear your "Sunday Best!"
  Feb. 15 Structural Geology
Field trip to Bear Valley strip mine to observe and measure and plot geologic structures using the silva compass and stereonet; Dress for the weather!
  Feb. 22 Groundwater
Using lab apparatus to understand groundwater flow
  Mar. 1 Landfill & Sewage Treatment
Field trip to Allenwood Landfill and Milton Wastewater treatment plant; Dress for the weather!  
  Mar. 8 Flood Control
Field trip to Lock Haven to study flood control structures along the Susquehanna River; side trip to a landslide site?
  Mar. 15
Spring Break!
  Mar. 22 Meckley Limestone Quarry
Tour of Meckley Quarry by Mr. Fred Meckley, Owner. Excellent discussion of Engineering applications
  Mar. 29 Coal Mining & Environment
Field trip to Ashland Coal Mine ($4.50 entrance fee!) and a tour of Centralia, PA, a town wiped out by a (still active) underground mine fire.
  Apr. 5 Geophysical Surveys
Demonstration of one or several geophysical techniques. Possibilities include seismic refraction, ground-penetrating radar.
  Apr. 12 Geologic Mapping I
Learn geologic mapping techniques; how to construct a geologic map and cross section. Out of Vans for 2-3 hours...Dress for the weather!
  Apr. 19 Geologic Mapping II
  Apr. 26 Karst Geology
Field trip to Nippenose Valley to visit some excellent features associated with water interaction with carbonate bedrock.  
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