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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


From the Asheville Citizen-Times: App State dinosaur hunter makes discovery in Raleigh
This winter has seen a lot of snow, ice, and extremely cold temperatures.  What does this mean for Boone Creek?  How does road salt affect urban streams?  Dr. Bill Anderson answers your questions! Read more...
Fossils from a new aetosaur species (a distant relative of the crocodile) have been discovered and characterized in North Carolina by Dr. Heckert and his collaborators.   Read more...
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...
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Upcoming Events

Friday, March 20
no seminar - Southeastern Section GSA Meeting

Friday, March 27
Extensional faulting in the Northern Apennines: Altotiberina fault, Umbria
Francesco Mirabella, University of Perugia
4-5 pm, RSW293 

Friday, April 3
no seminar - Friday before Easter Break

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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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