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Appalachian Blue Ridge Landscape

Purpose:

To determine how geology has influenced the topography, water, soils, and plant and animal communities of the Appalachian Blue Ridge Mountains.

Description:

By means of geologic mapping, this project is defining the geologic framework of the Appalachian Blue Ridge Mountains and then integrating this information with ecological data from the region. This will result in an understanding of the relationship among past climate, geologic processes, and the biota that are being used for a variety of land management applications.

Study Area:

Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia

Anticipated Uses:

Hazards (Landslides), Climate Change, Ecosystem Issues

Dark metasiltstone is interbedded with light metasandstone of the Cades Sandstone where the Abrams Falls trail crosses Arbutus Ridge, Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Brunton compass (2.75 inches) for scale.
Dark metasiltstone is interbedded with light metasandstone of the Cades Sandstone where the Abrams Falls trail crosses Arbutus Ridge, Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Brunton compass (2.75 inches) for scale.

Cooperators/Collaborators/Clients:

Discover Life, George Washington University (DC), Great Smoky Mountains Association (TN), Indiana University, Lehigh University (PA), NatureServe, New Jersey Geological Survey, North Carolina Geological Survey, Ohio University, Old Dominion University (VA), Purdue University (IN), Tennessee Technological University, The Nature Conservancy, U.S.D.A./Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. National Park Service, University of Tennessee, University of Vermont, Virginia Department of Conservation & Recreation, Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy, Virginia Outdoors Foundation

Project Status:

Current NCGMP Funding

Project Duration:

2002-2008

Duration of NCGMP Funding:

2002-2006


Contact Information:

Project Chief: C. Scott Southworth (Eastern Earth Surface Processes Team)
E-mail: ssouthwo@usgs.gov
Phone: 703-648-6385

Related Links:

Project Website: http://geology.er.usgs.gov/eespteam/smoky/
Project Geologic Maps: http://geology.er.usgs.gov/eespteam/smoky/geologic_maps.htm