Ask a Geologist

professor holding rock in labGeologists do more than just look at rocks and minerals.  We are happy to answer questions that you may have about the natural environment around you - rocks, minerals, fossils, environmental hazards and resources... we have expertise in all fields of earth science.  

For more specific information, check out our research programs in the Department of Geology to learn more about what our faculty do.

So go ahead - ask a geologist! 

Send an email with all the details of your inquiry, including images, to Anthony Love at loveab@appstate.edu for assistance.  Anthony may be able to answer your question directly, or he may forward it to a faculy member the Geology Department who can answer it.

Frequently Asked Geologic Questions: 

We have several pages devoted to frequently asked questions, listed below.

 

FAQ pages:

Earthquakes

5.8 Magnitude Earthquake in Mineral, VA (on August 23, 2011)

2.9 Magnitude Earthquake in Blowing Rock, NC (on August 25, 2013).

 

Hydraulic Fracturing ("fracking") in North Carolina

Is there natural gas in NC?  What is the potential for fracking here?

 

Is this a meteorite?

coming soon

 

Local water resources

How healthy is Boone Creek?

Boone Creek restoration at the Greenway (coming soon)

Local water intake projects (coming soon)

Flash Flooding (coming soon)

 

Radon 

coming soon

 

Landslides

coming soon

 

Help with mineral/rock identification

A first pass at determining what mineral you have can be done with our mineral ID tables.  Most minerals collected in western NC will be found in these tables.  If you think that your mineral cannot be described by these options, send an email with all the details of your inquiry, including images, to Anthony Love at loveab@appstate.edu for assistance.  Anthony may be able to answer your question directly, or he may forward it to a faculy member the Geology Department who can answer it.

 

 

Visit us!

You can also visit the F. Kenneth & Marjorie J. McKinney Geology Teaching Museum at Appalachian State University to learn more about geology.  It's free and open to the public.  

Contact

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

Department Email Address
earth_env_sci@appstate.edu

Chairperson:
Dr. Bill Anderson
andersonwp@appstate.edu

Ask-A-Geologist:
Anthony Love
loveab@appstate.edu

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