2023 Carolina Geological Society Meeting and Field Trip – Updated July 9, 2023

October 27, 28 and 29, 2023

Headquarter location is Durham, NC.

A block of rooms has been reserved for the field trip at a reduced rate of $125/night. Use the following link to make reservations: https://group.doubletree.com/4ww99c

To receive the special rate, you must reserve the room by the cut-off date of Friday October 6, 2023.

The Geology of the Carolina terrane in Chatham County, NC – Results of New Geologic Mapping by the NC Geological Survey.

2023 marks the 200th Anniversary of the North Carolina Geological Survey (NCGS).  As part of the Survey’s anniversary celebration activities, the NCGS is hosting the 2023 Carolina Geological Society field trip.  The geology of Chatham County is the theme of the trip with the main focus being the results of new mapping in the Carolina terrane portion of the county.

In late 2022, a new compiled geologic map of Chatham County was released: Link to Map.  The field trip will visit multiple outcrops throughout the County

The stops have been finalized. The pdf of the guidebook is available for download:

Saturday Field Trip – 4 geologic stops total. Refer to guidebook stop number.

Stop 1 in guidebook – Rock Quarry Fishing Area. Metamorphosed dacitic tuffs and andesitic to basaltic rocks of the Hyco Formation at the eastern edge of the Carolina terrane on the west shore of Jordan Lake.

Stop 3 in guidebook – Rock Ridge Park, Pittsboro. Boulders and outcrop of Hyco Formation volcanics and volcaniclastics.

Stop 4 Alternative in guidebook – Examples of metamorphosed intermediate to mafic composition volcanosedimentary rocks of the Hyco Formation.

Stop 6 in guidebook – Outcrop of conglomerates of the Aaron Formation

Sunday Field Trip

Stop 8 in guidebook – A visit to an abandoned quarry on the Deep River that exposes brecciated rocks of the Hyco Formation.

The first stop on Sunday involves a 20 minute easy walk to the abandoned quarry. Grass may be tall and wet. Remember to wear appropriate footwear (boots recommended).

Stop 9 in guidebook – A visit to an outcrop of Triassic conglomerate near the trace of the Bonsal-Morrisville fault.