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Did you find something that puzzled you in your backyard or on top of a mountain? Have questions about local environmental problems? Want to know about what's going on in Boone Creek, the Watauga River, and the New River? Concerned about hydraulic fracturing in your region? Do you have a mineral that you can't identify? Think you found a meteorite? We will do our best to answer any geological/environmental question. We also have pages that answer some of our most frequently asked questions.

What is Geology?

What is Geology?

Geology is about more than just rocks.

Boone, NC

We have expertise in all fields of earth science.

Click on our each of our research programs below to see what we do!

Water Resources and Environmental Geology

Why Study Geology at Appalachian?

The Appalachian State University Geology program provides students with a solid foundation on which to build a successful career in the geosciences.

Because we have no graduate program, we can focus entirely on high quality instruction and provide numerous undergraduate research opportunities. The department offers both a BA and BS in Geology, with the option of concentrating in Paleontology, Environmental Geology, Quantitative Geoscience, or Geoscience Education.

We have been successful in establishing a program that is arguably among the best Bachelor degree programs in geology available in the Southeastern United States. For more information, click here.

Geology Department Newsletter


Keep off the grass: Research confirms that highly manicured lawns produce more greenhouse gases and Study Incriminates Manicured Lawns as Significant Contributor to Greenhouse Gases   (read more...)
Dr. Sarah Carmichael, Assistant Professor in the Department of Geology, received the College of Arts and Sciences William C. Strickland Outstanding Junior Faculty Award. This award is named in honor of the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences...
Many people in North Carolina are concerned or confused about fracking, in response to the legislature's recent passing of the Energy Modernization Act regarding energy exploration and resource development in the state.  Dr. Sarah Carmichael...
Dr. Fred Webb Jr., professor emeritus from the Department of Geology, has been selected as a Fellow in the Geological Society of America. GSA members are elected to Fellowship in recognition of distinguished contributions to the geosciences. Newly...
Extinct Life is an art exhibition at the Looking Glass Gallery, will begin on September 23 and run through October 14. The art consists of B&W macrophotophy, laser scanning images (multicolored), 3D prints, and a movie of a specimen being imaged...
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Upcoming Events

Friday, January 30
Geology and Public Policy: Examples from four decades in the geology business
Kenneth Taylor, North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources
RSW 293, 4 pm

Friday, February 6
High Resolution Remote Sensing Applications in Earth Science
Jessica Mitchell, Department of Geography, Appalachian State University
RSW 293, 4 pm

Friday, January 13
Triassic tripping in Argentina
Andy Heckert, Department of Geology, Appalachian State University
RSW 293, 4 pm

Friday, February 27
no seminar - Rick Abbott retirement party

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Physical Address
Department of Geology
033 Rankin Science West
572 Rivers Street
Boone, NC 28608

Postal Address
Department of Geology
Appalachian State University
ASU Box 32067
Boone, NC 28608-2067

Phone: 828-262-3049
Fax: 828-262-6503

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