Celebrating Geologic Map Day 2018

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In celebration of Earth Science Week and Geologic Map Day, the USGS National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program is highlighting several exciting ongoing and upcoming geoscience-related activities:

Mapping the Columbia River Gorge – Danielle Woodring, Oregon State University

Danielle is currently working on a geologic mapping project funded by EDMAP, part of the USGS National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program.  Danielle’s project, in her own words:

Mapping the Columbia briefing slide

Cover slide from research presentation. (Public domain.)

“My EDMAP-funded research seeks to provide new insight into the fault kinematics and activity related to North American plate deformation in the Pacific Northwest. In collaboration with the USGS Pacific Northwest Geologic Mapping Group and my Oregon State University partners, I am mapping a section of the Yakima Fold and Thrust Belt (YFTB) along the north bank of the Columbia River in south-central Washington. My research involves an east-west trending YFTB-related fold and thrust fault, the Columbia Hills Anticline and associated thrust fault, and a northwest-trending strike-slip fault zone, known as the Warwick Fault. The Warwick Fault is one of several regionally distributed strike-slip fault zones, although the structural nature of the relationship between these faults and YFTB thrust-related folding remains uncertain. My mapping and structural analyses will provide new constraints on the slip rates, fault kinematics, and the deformation history of these two fault systems. Overall, these analyses will provide insights on the regional tectonics and associated regional seismic hazard from crustal faults in the YFTB.”

Virtual Field Trip to Eagle Rock, Virginia

Students will analyze rock and fossil data based on actual formations at Eagle Rock, Virginia. They will solve geological problems and create a geological map. Software is totally free to download and use.

Students and teachers can collaborate in the program and can even drive the virtual truck. Eagle Rock was created by high school students (Darien Bradley and Bailey Paxton) and a teacher with information and photos from Virginia's Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy and the Virginia Museum of Natural History.  Contact Dr. William Schmachtenberg for more information.

Image taken from the Virtual Field Trip to Eagle Rock, Va.

Image taken from the Virtual Field Trip to Eagle Rock, Va.  (Public domain.)

2018 Best Student Geologic Map Competition at GSA Indianapolis – Hope to see you there!

The USGS, in collaboration with the Geological Society of America (GSA), GSA Foundation, Association of American State Geologists (AASG), American Geosciences Institute (AGI), American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG), and the Journal of Maps, is proud to be hosting the sixth annual Best Student Geologic Map Competition at the GSA Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana on November 4-7, 2018.  The competition poster session, with an award ceremony to follow, will be held on Tuesday, November 6.  If you would like to attend, please contact Michael Marketti for more information.  Note:  attendance requires GSA registration.

Winners of the 2017 Best Student Geologic Map Completion.

Winners of the 2017 Best Student Geologic Map Completion. (Public domain.)

Training the Next Generation of Geologic Mapper

EDMAP is an interactive and meaningful program for university students to gain experience and knowledge in geologic mapping while contributing to national efforts to map the geology of the United States. It is a matching-funds grant program with universities and is one of three primary components of the congressionally mandated National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program.

Reminder: EDMAP Proposals for fiscal year 2019 are due November 6, 2018 - apply now on Grants.gov.

EDMAP Program supported student from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, conducting field research along the OcMulgee River,

EDMAP Program supported student from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, conducting field research along the OcMulgee River, Georgia.  (Public domain.)