The purpose of the Harrisburg Area Geological Society (HAGS) is to stimulate geologic thought, advance and disseminate geologic knowledge, and provide fellowship amongst area individuals interested in earth sciences. Monthly meetings (at GTS Technologies at 441 Friendship Road in Harrisburg) present a realm of geologic topics, ranging from tectonics, coal, carbonate groundwater geochemistry, Martian geomorphology, engineering geophysics, nuclear waste repositories, and ore mineralogy. Field trips allowed members to visit geologic sites within and beyond Pennsylvania. All events are open to the public and free unless otherwise stated.
Up coming events :April 9, 2015, 6:30 p.m. Why is a Pteridinium like a desk? An overview and update on the Ediacaran Period” Presented by Dr. Mike Meyer, Penn State Harrisburg
“The Ediacaran Period (580–541 Ma) contains the first fossil evidence of complex organisms; however, the evolutionary relationship of these fossils to the animals of the Cambrian is still poorly understood and highly debated. This is because most Ediacaran fossils are unlike anything found since; some bear a superficial resemblance to various modern forms (such as sea pens, worms, or molluscs), whereas others appear completely alien (tri-patterned swirls, fractal folding patterns, and spindle shapes); leading some to suggest that these fossils represent an extinct branch of life. New analytical tools allow for an unprecedented view into the development of these enigmatic organisms and their ecosystem dynamics before the Cambrian Explosion.”
Dr. Mike Meyer is a professor at Penn State Harrisburg, but has also done time at Bucknell and Western Carolina University. He got his BS from Beloit, an MS from University of South Florida, and his PhD from Virginia Tech. He has a lovely wife, several cats, and genetically modified fish that glow in the dark. He enjoys long walks on the beach, where he mostly looks down at the sand for freaky looking prehistoric critters that would send most beachgoers screaming for the hills. He likes to read by candle light, which can’t be good for his eyes. He has been to China to search for freaky prehistoric creatures, and his shenanigans are legendary near and far. Don’t challenge him to a hot wings eating contest.
May, 2, 2015 Sinking Springs Field Trip, George Pedlow
5/14/2015, Mike Moore, PA DCNR, Topographic and Geological Survey, “Dont go near the water: Presque Isle Hydrology”
May 30, 2015 (Rain or highwater date is June 6) Kayak-trip Geology of the Yellow Breeches from Messiah College to McCormick Road, Rose-Anna Behr
Summer Picnic date TBD
September 10, Gary Kribbs AEON geosciences, Triassic stuff
October date TBD
November 12, Felecia Bechtel, Enviroscan
December, TBD Holiday Party
President- Kent Littlefield, KENT.V.LITTLEFIELD@leidos.com
Vice-president- Rose-Anna Behr, firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary- POSITION VACANT
Treasurer- Lalo Moreno, email@example.com
HAGS Guidebooks, available for purchase
1st Annual Field Trip‐Geology in the South Mountain area, Pennsylvania, Noel Potter, Jr., editor, April 24, 1982, Reprinted 1992. 37 p. $5.00 plus $2.00 S&H.
2nd Annual Field Trip‐ Geology along the Susquehanna River, south‐central Pennsylvania, J. Ronald Mowery, editor, April 16, 1983, 55 p. $5.00 plus $2.00 S8H.
3rd Annual Field Trip‐ Stratigraphy, structural style, and economic geology of the York‐Hanover Valley, G. Robert Ganis and David Hopkins, April 28,1984, 51 p. $5.00 plus $2.00 S&H.
4th Annual Field Trip‐ Pennsylvania’s polygenetic landscape, William D. Sevon, April 27, 1985, Reprinted 1992, 55 p. $5.00 plus $2.00 S&H.
5th Annual Field Trip‐ Selected geology of Dauphin and Northumberland Counties, Pennsylvania, by W. D. Sevon, W. E. Edmunds, G. R. Ganis, and J. P. Wilshusen, May 17, 1986, 22 p. $5.00 plus $2.00 S&H.
6th Annual Field Trip‐ Lower Jurassic diabase and the Battle of Gettysburg, D. T. Hoff, J. R. Mowery, and G. R. Ganis, April 25, 1987,17 p. plus appendices. $5.00 plus $2.00 S&H.
7th Annual Field Trip‐ The geology of the Lower Susquehanna River area, a new look at some old answers, Glenn H. Thompson, Jr., editor, May 7,1988, 56 p. $5.00 plus $2.00 S&H.
8th Annual Field Trip‐ Karst development and environmental geology in the carbonate rocks of the Lehigh and Lebanon Valleys, William E. Kochanov, April 29, 1989, 33 p. $5.00 plus $2.00 S&H.
In cooperation with the 20th annual Binghamton Geomorphology Symposium at Dickinson College‐The rivers and valleys of Pennsylvania, then and now, by William D. Sevon, October 20, 1989, 59 p. $5.00 plus $2.00 S&H.
10th Annual Field Trip‐ The Ridge and Valley Physiographic Province and the East Broad Top Railroad, William D. Sevon, June 1, 1991, 24 p. $5.00 plus $2.00 S&H.
11th Annual Field Trip‐ Paleozoic geology of the Paw Paw‐Hancock area of Maryland and West Virginia, Marcus M. Key and Noel Potter, Jr., May 9,1992, 25 p. $5.00 plus $2.00 S&H.
12th Annual Field Trip‐ South Mountain and the Triassic in Adams County, Pennsylvania, Raymond Britcher, editor, May 22, 1993, 41 p. $5.00 plus $2.00 S&H.
13th Annual Field Trip‐ Geology of the Lebanon Valley and western end of the Reading Prong, Charles Scharnberger, editor, April 23. 1994, 68 p. $7.00 plus $2.00 S&H.
15th Annual Field Trip‐ Pseudo‐Morainic Topography of the Allentown Area of Eastern Pennsylvania, Duane D. Braun and William E. Kochanov, May 4, 1996, 28 p. $7.00 plus $2.00 S&H.
16th Annual Field Trip‐ Notes on the Hamburg Klippe: biostratigraphy, ash layers, olistostromes, and “exotics,” G. Robert Ganis, April 26, 1997, 52 p. $15.00 plus $2.00 S&H
17th Annual Field Trip‐ Geomorphology in the Northern Cumberland Valley, PA, including the Carlisle Deluge of 1779, Noel Potter, Jr., Donald Hartman, and Helen Delano, April 18, 1998, 49 p, $7.00 plus $2.00 S&H.
18th Annual Field Trip‐ The Cove Syncline by canoe, William M. Roman and Michael A. Knight, May 15, 1999, 16 p. plus maps, Out of Print
19th Annual Field Trip‐ Geology of the Kishacoquillas Valley and vicinity, Mifflin County, Pennsylvania, Michael A. Knight and William M. Roman, May 20, 2000, 18 p. plus maps and sections, $7.00 plus $2.00 S&H.
20th Field Trip‐ Geology and Geomorphology of the South Mountain Area, Cumberland and Franklin Counties, Pennsylvania, Noel Potter, Jr., and William D. Sevon, May 14, 2011, 64 p., $10.00 plus $2.00 S&H.
No formal guidebooks were prepared for the 9th (1990) and 14th (1995) Field Trips. The 2001 trip was a repeat of the 2000 trip.