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  • August 15, 2015 Shale Hollow Preserve Field Trip

    August 15, 2015 Shale Hollow Preserve Field Trip

    On Saturday August 15, 2015, the Ohio Section of AIPG held a field trip to the Shale Hollow Preserve in Delaware County, Ohio.  The field trip was led by Dr. Mohammad Fakhari of the Ohio Geological Survey.  Dr. Fakhari, with assistance from the Shale Hollow Preserve Guide, began the field trip with an interesting presentation of the geology of the area, including a summary of the depositional environment of the different rock units, an overview of surrounding topography and outcrop locations, and the different theories on the origin of the carbonate concretions that would be observed during the hike.  

    The 1.5 hour hike provided an extensive look at the Huron Member of the Ohio Shale and its famous, and sometimes massive, concretions, and concluded with an inspection of the lower contact with the older Olentangy Shale.  After the hike, attendees were treated to a cookout lunch of burgers, brats, and hotdogs provided by the Ohio Section, along with numerous side dishes and desserts brought by each attendee. 

    Please click on the title to view photos.

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  • Notes from the Field: OSU Field Camp Post No. 3

    For the past two weeks, Ohio State Geology students were kept busy mapping many areas in Central Utah and in Great Basin National Park, Nevada. We had our first individual mapping experience on Temple Hill, south of Ephraim where we have our home base. We also mapped the Southern Sanpete Valley to observe faults, folds, and other structures of the valley and a potential oil field. This past week, we took a 4-day camping trip to Great Basin National Park, just on the border of central Utah and Nevada to map out the metamorphic core complex seen in the Northern Snake Range. We are finally getting to put together the larger scale geology of the Western Cordillera and the Basin and Range Province!

    Lienne Sethna, OSU AIPG Student Chapter President

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  • OSU Student Chapter Field Trip Summary

    OSU Student Chapter Field Trip Summary

    by Alex Von Clausburg, OSU Student Chapter 

    Summary (click on title for full article and pictures)

    The Ohio State chapter of AIPG recently took a trip to Cincinnati to see the Geier Collection and Cincinnati Museum Center. Andrew Collins, president of the organization, organized the trip and led the group of roughly 1 dozen undergraduate students.

    After a two hour trip, the group arrived at the Geier at 10:00 am on Saturday, March 28th. They were treated to a brief lesson on the facility’s history, and then taken to see some of the collections. The students first admired the mineral specimens; some local, some exotic. They were then treated to a glimpse of the fossil collection, where a thirty foot dinosaur skeleton was under construction. After excitedly taking pictures on their phones, they followed the tour guide as he showed them specimens of ammonites, brachiopods, and trilobites. Even more fascinating were the vertebrates. For nearly an hour, the students were shown a variety of fascinating fossils, before leaving to go to the next stop on their trip.

    Around noon, the undergraduates went to the Cincinnati Museum Center. They stopped at the food court to refuel, and were then given free reign of the Natural History wing of the building. For hours, the group explored the many facets of Ohio’s history, including the Earth’s formation, modern paleontology, dinosaurs, and Ohio’s Ice Age. Notably, the museum is known for its cave exhibit; a simulated cave built right into the basement. The students took great delight in examining the geological formations within.

    However, nothing was enjoyed more than the ice cream parlor in the museum’s lobby. The students enjoyed a stop there before returning home, around 4:00 in the afternoon.

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  • AIPG 6th Annual Conference Recap

    AIPG 6th Annual Conference Recap

    The Conference was a great success and opportunity for all that attended to learn about the depositional environment and future development of the black shales in the Appalachian Basin in Ohio. The conference consisted of two (2) parts:

    •             Short Course, core study workshop and field trip on April 27, 2015
    •             Technical Session and networking on April 28 and 29, 2015

    Please click on the title or here for details, photographs, and more!

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  • Attention Students! OGS Scholarship!

    The Ohio Geological Society (OGS) is sponsoring three $1,500.00 Scholarships for the coming academic year.  Two are to be awarded to children or grandchildren of members of the OGS.  A third may be awarded to a Student Member of the Society (or a child/grandchild of a member, if no Student Member Applicants are qualified).  The awards will be determined by the OGS Scholarship Committee and announced at the May 15, 2015 meeting of the Society.  The award will be paid directly to the student, not to the educational institution.  These are one year awards, and will not be automatically renewed, however, the student may apply for any subsequent year’s OGS Scholarship(s) as they are announced.

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  • Kentucky AIPG Happenings

    • 2015 Bahamas Short Course for viewing modern analogs of carbonate deposition.  Great option to go to the Bahamas for a week for under $1,500: KY-AIPG Bahamas Short Course
    • Tentative date for the 2nd bi-annual PG Exam Review Course of January 30th, 2015.  
    • Darwin Lecture Series: this is an annual community outreach event that is free to all that want to attend.  More info can be found as it becomes available, currently scheduled for February 11th, 2015


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  • Illinois State Geological Society - 2014 Fall Field Conference

    The Great Lakes Section of the Society for Sedimentary Geology (GLS-SEPM) have annouced their 2014 Fall Field Conference, which will take place on October 3 through October 5, 2014 in Cuyahoga and Summit Counties here in Ohio.  The Conference, sponsored by GLS-SEPM, the Northern Ohio Geological Society, and the Ohio Geological Society, includes a guided tour of outcrops of Upper Devonian black shale and associated strata, and will be led by Gordon Baird, Joe Hannibal, and John Wicks.  Additional information is available on the GLS-SEPM website:

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  • Wooster Geology Blog

    My undergraduate alma mater, the College of Wooster, has a geology  blog discussing research that both students and faculty are doing at the College.  The address for the blog is Some of the topics covered include paleontological discoveries, summer research field excursions, and tree ring research, just to name a few.  This blog is definitely worth checking out. 

    - Robert Andrews, AIPG Ohio Section Executive Committee Member-At-Large

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  • July 25th, 2014 Field Trip to Active Underground Coal Mine

    July 25th, 2014 Field Trip to Active Underground Coal Mine

    Rosebud Mining Vail Mine Freeport Number 7 Coal Seam

    On July 25, 2014, members of the Oho AIPG Section, Executive Committee went on a field trip to inspect the Rosebud Mining Vail Mine, Guernsey, and Harrison Counties Ohio. The purpose of the field trip was to observe the newly discoved tetrapod trackways discovered in the roof sediments and to learn about the technology room-and-pillar coal mining operations in Ohio.

    The field trip helped to provide an in-depth understanding of the Freeport No. 7 mine geology and the room-and-pillar coal mining in Ohio. The Ohio Section officers sent Rosebud Mining a thank you letter for allowing the Ohio Section the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the coal resources available for mining in Ohio. All attendees will now be able to provide accurate information on Ohio mining operations to the public. A copy of the presentation notes is available here.

    Special thanks to our President, Curtis Coe, for arranging the trip and preparing this excellent post!

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  • Reactivated - AIPG Student Chapter - Ohio State University

    As recently posted on the AIPG National Website:

    Reactivated - AIPG Student Chapter - Ohio State University

    The Ohio State University has reactivated. Columbus, Ohio, Founded in 2004 - Chapter Sponsor: Robin Roth, CPG-06240; Faculty Sponsor: Karen L. Royce. Officers for 2014: President: Alyssa Ferraro, SA-05377; Vice President: Andrew Collins, SA-04402; and Treasurer: Brian Vargo, SA-05378. Welcome back! 

    Thanks to Robin Roth and the student officers for all of their hard work. 

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