Geologists 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, water quality, mineral resources... we have expertise in all fields of earth science.
- 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
Local water resources
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 email@example.com 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.
Help with fossil identification
For fossil identification, send an email with all the details of your inquiry, including images, to Anthony Love at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance. Anthony will forward it to a faculy member the Geology Department who can answer it.
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.