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Got a geologic question you need answered? Ask A Geologist!

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


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...
Many people in the region around Boone and Blowing Rock, NC experienced an earthquake on August 24, 2014.  Dr. Scott Marshall answers questions about this unusual seismic event on our website, at
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Upcoming Events

Friday, December 12
Analysis of El NiƱo-Southern Oscillation Signal Strength on Precipitation Statistics, North Carolina
Sonia Sanchez, Appalachian State University, Senior Thesis Presentation
RSW 023, 3 pm (note time/room change)

Saturday, December 13

December 15-January 12
University Break - no classes

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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

Dr. Bill Anderson

Anthony Love

Sarah Carmichael
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