Area Studied.

Along the line of the Norfolk and Western railroad in the counties of Montgomery, Pulaski and Wythe, Virginia, there is an area of complicated geology which up to the present time has not received the attention it deserves. The region in question extends from Christiansburg, on the east, to Max Meadows, on the west, and embraces a strip of country from ten to fifteen miles in width and about equally divided north and south with respect to the line of the railroad.


From time to time numerous geologists have examined the rocks in this region, but their work has been only cursory and their results are vague and unsatisfactory. The published reports concerning it are, so far as the writer is aware, those of W. B. Rogers,* J. P. Lesley, W. M. Fontaine, J. J. Stevenson§ and McCreath and d’Invilliers,||

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