Carolina Geological Society 2019 Meeting and Field Trip

Greenville, South Carolina
Friday, October 04, 2019

Carolina Geological Society 2019 Meeting and Field Trip

Friday Meeting: Furman University - Younts Conference Center, 1350 Duncan Chapel Rd, Greenville, SC 29617

Buses Load From:  Furman University - Younts Conference Center

Dates: October 4-6, 2019

Field trip leaders: Jack Garihan, Scott Brame, and Bill Ranson

Sliding and Pushing to the South: 

Gravitational collapse of the Paleozoic thrust stack and later
 hinterland-directed Alleghanian (?) back thrusting, Inner
 Piedmont, South Carolina & North Carolina.


The 80th meeting of the Carolina Geological Society will be held October 4-6, 2019 in the area of Greenville, SC, and will focus on two new aspects of Inner Piedmont tectonic history in South Carolina and nearby North Carolina. Retrograde shear zones and their internal fabrics are interpreted to be the result of top-to-the-south gravitational collapse of the early-mid-Paleozoic thrust stack. The trip will visit the Mine Mountain shear zone in Standingstone Mountain quadrangle. Second, later hinterland-directed thrusting, inverting the normal structural stacking sequence of Six Mile thrust sheet paragneisses over Walhalla thrust sheet orthogneisses, is interpreted as the result of back-thrusting associated with an Alleghanian (?) brittle thrust. Several exposures of the back thrusts will be visited on Sunday. An alternate Sunday excursion will describe the hydrologic conditions at the Cliffs at Glassy Community along the Blue Ridge Front.

There will be two separate trips on Sunday.  Trip A will look at tectonic features at Camp Greenville.  This trip will journey by foot along a steep and treacherous trail with loose rocks, many trip-hazard roots and sheer cliffs.  In addition, there are several staircases with NO HANDRAILS. This trip is NOT recommended for anyone with mobility issues or anyone unsure of their footing.  As such, we are capping this trip to a maximum of 50 participants (first come/first serve).
Trip B on Sunday is the hydrology and geology of the Cliffs at Glassy Community area, along the Blue Ridge Front near Gowensville, SC. This trip will be led by Scott Brame and Cameron Warlick.  We hope the majority of you will sign up for this trip.  Once registration opens, you will have the option to choose Trip A or B.  There is no cost difference between the trips.

For both days of the trip, short hikes to some of the stops will involve moderate inclines, short bushwacks, and some stops will be along streams, where waterproof footwear will be advantageous.  Hiking boots recommended.


Hotel Information:  You are responsible for making your own room reservations.   
There will be NO HEADQUARTERS HOTEL this year. The Friday night Welcome Party and Business Meeting will take place on the campus of Furman University - Younts Conference Center,  Greenville, SC.  The buses will also depart and return to Furman University on Saturday and Sunday.  A parking area will be designated free of charge.  You are responsible for finding your own lodging for the weekend based on your preferences and needs.
While CGS does not officially promote one brand of hotel over another, here is a list of hotels close to Furman for your consideration:
Best Western, Travelers Rest, SC
Hampton Inn, Greenville/Travelers Rest, SC
Hyatt Place, Greenville, SC
Hilton Greenville
Sleep Inn, Greenville
Holiday Inn Express, Downtown Greenville
LaQuinta Inn and Suites, Greenville
For those looking for a more rustic experience, try the nearby Paris Mountain State Park (

Meeting registration and the welcoming party will be held at Furman University - Younts Conference Center.  Buses will also load at Furman.

Note the address given for the Younts Conference Center provides an incorrect Google Maps location.
An accurate nearby address is:  1350 Duncan Chapel Rd, Greenville, SC 29617

In 2014, the CGS Board of Directors approved a change in the pricing for the annual meeting.  If you are an active member in good standing in CGS, you can register at a lower price than non-members (if you received this email directly from Tyler Clark, you are an active member in good standing!!!).  Non-members must pay a higher price to offset the cost of processing their registration.  IF YOU ARE UNSURE IF YOUR MEMBERSHIP IN THE SOCIETY IS ACTIVE AND UP-TO-DATE, PLEASE INQUIRE WITH CGS SECRETARY-TREASURER TYLER CLARK AT:

 This year’s prices are as follows:

                                                 Members    Non-members    Reduced*

Friday Welcome Party               FREE                  FREE                FREE

Saturday Field Trip                     $90                     $105                  $30

Sunday Field Trip                        $80                     $100                 $20

Guidebook                                   $20                     $20                   $20  

 *the Reduced Rate is intended for all active students (high school or college), active high school earth science educators, or retirees.


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