The bottom of the Alpha unit
In 2004 correspondence was begun with Professor Marilyn Dew Maisano of Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, about a geology unit within Rural System. The ideas are fragmentary and correspondence was interrupted by household moves and my delays.
The potentials seem to be in:
- Geophysics (salt areas and farm plans as in Australia and coastal
- Publications, especially the base within The Trevey and elsewhere
- Local tours
- Regional, national, and international tours
- Distance learning courses and extended tours
- Publications and distance learning for SOL materials in schools
- Affiliation with the GIS Group.
- Access to most-recent state and regional geological data sources
- Surface geology related to probable soil categories
- Fault zones
- Karst topography and caves
- Retrospective and predictive topography, shorelines, and flood plains
- Ancient stream flow estimation based on stream rock size and shape
- Developing a groundwater unit related to well logs, legislation, USGS local resources, and affiliation with New River watershed groups to address attention to that resource, eventually becoming a separate unit of Rural System
- Developing connections with coal mining (and other mining) and its reclamation activities, designing and reporting restoration and other related procedures.
- Exploration of raw material sources for proposed products (cut aged limestone weights; cut coal fossil patterns, rock layer columns as art objects, aquarium sands and objects)
- Predictive soil nutrients from parent materials
- Expanded practical relations of geological factors to land use (topics often within "environmental geology")
Contact Dr. William Henika a Research Associate with the Virginia Museum of Natural History (VMNH) and a part time faculty member of the Department of Geosciences at Virginia Tech re geology of Virginia's piedmont.
Perhaps you will share ideas with me about some of the topic(s) above .
Robert H. Giles, Jr.
August 10, 2006