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Florida Bay at sunset
December 31, 2018

Florida Bay at Sunset, 2018

After a long day collecting cores, the team of scientists watch the sun set over the Florida Bay.

Laurel formation in Washington East quad examined by Wayne Newell
November 30, 2018

Laurel formation in Washington East quad examined by Wayne Newell

Northeast Region Photo Contest Winner | November 2018 | Honorable Mention
Laurel formation in Washington East quad examined by Wayne Newell

View looking west from the Brushy Mountains, NC, to the Blue Ridge escarpment and highlands of the Blue Ridge.
October 2, 2018

Rock Castle, VA

View looking west from the Brushy Mountains, NC, to the Blue Ridge escarpment and highlands of the Blue Ridge.  The high jagged peak toward the left side of the photo is Grandfather Mountain and is covered by a winter snow. 

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Harry Dowsett at the Parkers Creek bone bed
September 25, 2018

Harry Dowsett at the Parkers Creek bone bed

Northeast Region Photo Contest Winner | October 2018 | Honorable Mention
Harry Dowsett at the Parkers Creek bone bed

Graphite schist from the Roanoke Rapids terrane in southeastern Virginia.
July 31, 2018

Roanoke Rapids Graphite Schist, VA

Graphite schist from the Roanoke Rapids terrane in southeastern Virginia.  Economic deposits of this critical mineral may exist in this relatively unexplored region, which has not been adequately mapped at scales larger than 1:250,000. 

Staurolite weathering out of schist in the along the eastern edge of the Roanoke Rapids terrane in southeastern Virginia.
July 31, 2018

Staurolite Weathering out of Schist, Roanoke Rapids

Staurolite weathering out of schist along the eastern edge of the Roanoke Rapids terrane in southeastern Virginia.  Is this greenschist-facies schist part of the suprastructural Roanoke Rapids terrane, or part of a heretofore undefined higher-grade infrastructural terrane to the east? 

Image of an outcrop of quartzite within the Roanoke Rapids terrane near Coleman Lake.
July 31, 2018

Outcrop of Quartzite Within the Roanoke Rapids

An outcrop of quartzite within the Roanoke Rapids terrane near Coleman Lake.  Laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry U-Pb geochronology on detrital zircon grains within this unit (conducted by the USGS LA-ICPMS Lab in Denver) will provide critical and precise geochronologic age control as a geologic framework model is developed and compiled for the

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Image of an outcrop of blue quartz-bearing granite within the Roanoke Rapids terrane.
July 31, 2018

Outcrop of Blue Quartz-Bearing Granite, Roanoke Rapids

An outcrop of blue quartz-bearing granite within the Roanoke Rapids terrane.  Sensitive high-resolution ion microprobe U-Pb geochronology will precisely determine the age of this rock (conducted by the USGS-Stanford SHRIMP Lab in Menlo Park) and will provide critical geochronologic age control as a geologic framework model is developed and complied for the easternmost

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A lab technician holds up a pollen slide to a white piece of paper
June 15, 2018

Slide of Pollen, Pollen Laboratory

A lab technician holds up the finished product after processing: an almost pure slide of pollen.