Ask a Geologist

Anthony Love with rock

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.

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

FAQ pages

Earthquakes

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 askageologist@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.

Help with fossil identification

For fossil identification, send an email with all the details of your inquiry, including images, to Anthony Love at askageologist@appstate.edu for assistance. Anthony will 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.