FCOPG3.gif82nd Annual Field Conference of Pennsylvania Geologists, 2017

Recent Geologic Studies and Initiatives in Central Pennsylvania

State College, PA October 5-7, 2017

Ramada Inn and Conference Center; Room Rate $82.00 plus tax.

1450 South Atherton Street, State College, PA Phone 814-238-3001

Hosts: The Pennsylvania Geologic Survey, Pennsylvania State University

We will be splitting into two groups on day one. We will be running both groups to the first stop on Day 1 (Friday morning) for a brief orientation on the geology (emphasizing the stratigraphy, structure and geomorphology) of Nittany Valley, from the Joe Hayes look-out on Tussey Mountain.  Thereafter Group 1 will proceed on the Shale Hills Critical Zone Observatory for the rest of the morning and relocate at the Pavilion for lunch at nearby Lake Perez.  Group 2 will drive onto Huntingdon to examine outcrops of the Marcellus Shale, plumose joints in the Brallier Sandstone, and thin-skinned deformation in the shoaling upwards tidalite cycles of the Wills Creek Formation. Then Saturday groups will be segregated into disciplinary preferences themes of (a) Environmental/hydrogeology or (b) stratigraphy/engineering geology.


Pre-conferences field trips may include:

Pb-Zn deposits in Sinking Valley (George Pedlow).

The Middle Ordovician Carbonate Section exposed in Rte 453 road-cut at Union Furnace (Chris Laughrey, Jaime Kostelnik and John Harper).

Sinkholes and Drone development for mapping (Doug Miller).

Artifacts and the source materials in Centre County (Barry Scheetz).

The Arboretum at Penn State (Staff plus Duff Gold).

Kayaking Bald Eagle Creek (Rose-Anna Behr and Albert Mabus )

Bilger’s Rocks  (Bill Bragonier)

Horseshoe Curve and Hughes Borehole (Steve Lindberg)


Thursday Night Call for Posters or Vendors: If you are interested in presenting a poster, becoming a sponsor, or having a vendor table during the Thursday night reception please contact Kristen Hand,, 717-702-2046.