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October 8-10, 2015- CONGLOMERATE, COAL, AND CALAMITES: GEOLOGY, MINING HISTORY, AND PALEONTOLOGY OF “THE REGION”: SCHUYLKILL, NORTHUMBERLAND, AND COLUMBIA COUNTIES, PENNSYLVANIA

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The 80th Annual Field Conference of Pennsylvania Geologists will be headquartered in Pottsville, PA, and emphasize the stratigraphy, structure, and mining history of the Southern and Western Middle Anthracite fields, particularly in the vicinity of Pottsville and Shamokin. STOPS contemplated at this time include the PA 61 cut in the Pottsville Conglomerate at Pottsville, Wadesville anthracite stripping, St. Clair fossil site, Pottsville Aggregates quarry at Wadesville, Centralia mine fire, Blaschak Coal Co. strippings near Mount Carmel, The Whaleback, and Bear Gap quarry, north of Shamokin. As planned at present, hosts will be the Pennsylvania Geological Survey, Susquehanna University, Kutztown University, the Schuylkill County Historical Society, SME Penn-Anthracite Section, Blaschak Coal Corporation, Reading Anthracite Company, Pottsville Materials (H&K Group), and Corson Quarries, Inc.

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Pre-conference trips include:

Walking Tour Pottsville (free)Sweet Arrow Lake Geology and Fossil Collecting (free)Ashland Pioneer Coal Tunnel and Train Ride ($27)

Weiser State Forest- Miner’s Trail (free)

Coal Crackers Pit Crawl Mt Bike Ride (free)

Cropfall Geohazards of Sharp Mountain (free)

Those Were the Days ($14)

Yuengling Tour (free)