Florence Bascom Geoscience Center


The Florence Bascom Geoscience Center (FBGC) is at the leading edge of scientific research addressing critical societal issues and providing unbiased data and information to decision makers and the public. Our research center is built around five broad science themes: Paleoclimate & Paleoecology, Landscape Science, Geologic Mapping, Hazards, and Special Geologic Studies. 


Paper Powell Joins Bascom Team!

Paper Powell Joins Bascom Team!

See Paper Powell and members of the Florence Bascom Geoscience Center as they visit the Florida Bay.

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Illuminating the Past to Guide the Future

Illuminating the Past to Guide the Future

On a humid morning in south-central Alaska, a group of scientists hiked into the sprawling wetlands to collect a peat core. 

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Florence Joins Powell 150 Expedition!

Florence Joins Powell 150 Expedition!

Florence Bascom joins John Wesley Powell on a 5-day leg of the Powell 150 Expedition.

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Date published: May 20, 2019

The 1st Annual Florence Bascom Geoscience Center Big Science Blowout

This year, the Florence Bascom Geoscience Center is proud to announce it's first annual Big Science Blowout. Team members will have the opportunity to share abstacts they have presented at various conferences over the past year. 

When: 23 May 2019, 9:00AM - 3:00PM EST

Where: Doug Rankin Memorial Map Compilation Room and...

Date published: May 10, 2019

Florence Bascom Geoscience Center Seminar Series - May 15, 2019

Please join us for a guest presentation on Wednesday, May 15th. Dr. Andrews will have some time available for related discussions both before and after the presentation.

Date published: January 17, 2017

Turning the Tide on the Chesapeake Bay

Richard Batiuk got to know the Chesapeake Bay in the early 1970s. During visits with his friends and family, they would swim and boat, and fish would practically jump aboard. He was young but knew he wanted to live and work on the bay.


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Geology of the Cornwall Quadrangle, Virginia

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Heller, Matthew J.; Carter, Mark W.; Wilkes, G.P.; Coiner, R.L.
Heller, M.J., Carter, M.W., Wilkes, G.P., and Coiner, L.V., 2019, Geology of the Cornwall quadrangle, Virginia: Virginia Division of Geology and Mineral Resources Publication 184, 13 p.

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The Value of Data – The Qatar Geologic Mapping Project

The State of Qatar is in a period of rapid development, modernization, and population growth. One of the most important factors influencing the long-term success and sustainability of future development is a comprehensive understanding of the region’s geologic regime, geotechnical conditions, natural resources, and environmental constraints. To...

Krupansky, Joseph T.; Knight, Michael A.; Orndorff, Randall; Al-Akhras, Khaled M.; Mouradian, Ara G.; Saleh, Ali F.
Krupansky, J.T., Knight, M.A., Orndorff, R.C., Al-Akhras, K.M., Mouradian, A.G., and Sahel, A.F., 2019, The value of data – The Qatar Geologic Mapping Project, in, Meehan, C.L., Kumar, S., Pando, M.A., and Coe, J.T., eds., Data, software, education, and a tribute to Ralph Peck: American Society of Civil Engineers, Geotechnical Special Publication 314 – Geo-Congress 2019, p. 12-23.

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Environmental and geomorphological changes on the eastern North American Continental Shelf across the Paleocene-Eocene Boundary

Foraminiferal evidence from two sites in southern Maryland, eastern United States, reveals a series of rapid ecological changes on the continental shelf during the onset of the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM). Benthic and planktic foraminifer assemblages from the South Dover Bridge (SDB) and Mattawoman Creek-Billingsley Road (MCBR) cores...

Robinson, Marci M.; Spivey, Whittney