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Fall field trips:
Tony Fleming will lead two trips the weekend of October 8-10.
Option #1: Saturday, October 8, will be a hike along Holmes Run in the Ford Nature Center, Alexandria. See flyer at this link for more details.
Option #2: Monday (a federal holiday), October 10 Geologic Field Trip – Alexandria, VA & Vicinity
Date & time: Monday, October 10, 2016, 9 AM - ?
Overview: Alexandria features a strongly dissected fall line landscape with some of the most varied geology and topography in the Potomac Valley, ranging from complexly deformed crystalline bedrock of the Piedmont in the west to many steep, active hillsides developed on the eastward-thickening wedge of early Cretaceous Potomac Formation further east, along with a host of upland and lowland river terraces, debris fans, and associated hillside deposits. This trip will highlight a variety of geologic features and scientific problems of local and regional interest to geologists and geotechnical engineers working in the greater mid-Atlantic region.
Stops and topics featured on the trip include:
- The character, facies relations, deformation, hydrogeology, and geotechnical properties of the early Cretaceous Potomac Formation as seen at its updip end. The Potomac Formation is well exposed throughout the highlands in the western two thirds of the city and will be a major focus of the trip because of its geomorphic, hydrogeologic and geotechnical significance. We will see good examples of the informal members defined in the atlas, as well as the major aquifer system it hosts, and for which western Alexandria is part of the regional recharge area.
- Nature and evolution of the landscape from the late Tertiary through Recent. The City contains more and larger river terraces than most other parts of northern Virginia, including several widespread “upland” gravels whose ages remain poorly defined yet are of fundamental importance to our understanding of issues like seismic risk and incision history of the landscape;
- Tectonics, faults, and modern seismic hazards. Ample evidence indicates that comparatively young fault zones project into the City from both the north (DC/Rock Creek fault system) and the south (Stafford fault system), but defining and mapping their locations with a reasonable degree of precision in this heavily urbanized area is a real challenge. We will visit some of the localities where faults have been documented or are strongly suspected, and revisit subsurface data presented in the atlas for some of these “suspect” places.
Please contact the field trip leader (email@example.com) if you plan to attend or have any questions, and feel free to forward this announcement to colleagues who may be interested in the outing.
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The Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists (AEG) Baltimore-Washington-Harrisburg Section holds monthly meetings with dinner and a speaker.
The Potomac Geophysical Society meets on the 3rd Thursday of the month from September through May for dinner and a presentation.
The Paleontological Society of Washington usually meets on the third Wednesday of each month, from September though May, for dinner and a talk in the Cooper Room of the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History.
The Carnegie Institution of Washington holds public Capital Science Lectures, and both the Geophysical Laboratory and Department of Terrestrial Magnetism hold regular seminars.
A weekly seminar series is held at the University of Maryland Department of Geology.
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