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Integrating ground-penetrating radar and traditional stratigraphic study in an undergraduate field methods course

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R.K. Vance
R.K. Vance
Department of Geology and Geography, PO Box 8149, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, Georgia 30460, USA
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C.H. Trupe
C.H. Trupe
Department of Geology and Geography, PO Box 8149, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, Georgia 30460, USA
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F.J. Rich
F.J. Rich
Department of Geology and Geography, PO Box 8149, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, Georgia 30460, USA
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Published:
December 01, 2009

Georgia Southern University maintains a traditional geology curriculum for both bachelor of science (B.S.) and bachelor of arts (B.A.) degree candidates. Field experiences figure prominently in our curricula, and students have been taught to use traditional means of gathering and recording field data (e.g., Brunton compasses and notebooks with sketches). We have recently introduced high-resolution geophysical investigations that are focused particularly on ground-penetrating radar. A nearby field location, known as Middleground, offers an excellent road cut with sufficient exposure, lithological heterogeneity, and relief to conduct both geological and geophysical investigations. We have shown students how one technique contrasts with the other, and how they can be used to support each other. Student reactions to the Middleground ground-penetrating radar exercise have been positive and enthusiastic, and have led us to formulate new and diverse applications of ground-penetrating radar to assist students in developing their three-dimensional visualization skills and a greater understanding of geophysical techniques in field investigations.

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GSA Special Papers

Field Geology Education: Historical Perspectives and Modern Approaches

Steven J. Whitmeyer
Steven J. Whitmeyer
Department of Geology and Environmental Science, James Madison University, USA
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David W. Mogk
David W. Mogk
Department of Earth Sciences, Montana State University, USA
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Eric J. Pyle
Eric J. Pyle
Department of Geology and Environmental Science, James Madison University, USA
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Geological Society of America
Volume
461
ISBN print:
9780813724614
Publication date:
December 01, 2009

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