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FIELD CONFERENCE OF PENNSYLVANIA GEOLOGISTS

OCTOBER 7-9, 2021: THE 85TH ANNUAL FIELD CONFERENCE
OF PENNSYLVANIA GEOLOGISTS

GEOLOGY OF OHIOPYLE STATE PARK AND

THE LAUREL HIGHLANDS OF SOUTHWESTERN PENNSYLVANIA

We are excited to announce that the Field Conference of Pennsylvania Geologists will be returning as an in-person conference this fall. We hope you will be able to join us on October 7-9 when we visit the Ohiopyle State Park area. All attendees are encouraged to receive their COVID-19 vaccine.

REGISTRATION IS FULL

2021 Roadlog:            Download PDF Roadlog

2021 Guidebook:        Download PDF Guidebook

Schedule:                 October 7-9, 2021

Location:                  Ohiopyle, PA

Trip Leaders:             Jim Shaulis, PA Geological Survey

                               Frank Pazzaglia, Lehigh University

                               Steve Lindberg, Energy and Earth Resources Dept., University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown

Headquarters:           Seven Springs Mountain Resort 

FIELD CONFERENCE SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:


Thursday, October 7, 2021
• PRE-CONFERENCE TRIPS - Eight preconference trips are planned. See descriptions below.
• CONFERENCE REGISTRATION - 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM – STAG PASS
• ORIENTATION AND RECEPTION - 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM – EXHIBIT HALL
Reception includes beer, hors d’oeuvres, rock swap, map blast, student posters, and silent auction.
• OVERVIEW OF FIELD TRIP - 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM – EXHIBIT HALL


Friday, October 8, 2021
• REGISTRATION - 6:00 AM - 7:20 AM - STAG PASS
• BREAKFAST – 6:00 AM-7:15 AM - EXHIBIT HALL
• FIELD TRIP - 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM - Buses depart from Seven Springs Mountain Resort promptly at 7:30 AM. Lunch, doughnuts, fruit, coffee and other beverages will be provided.
• RECEPTION - 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM – EXHIBIT HALL Hors d'oeuvres and cash bar will be available.
• ANNUAL BANQUET AND BUSINESS MEETING - 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM EXHIBIT HALL
Guest Speaker -Rachel Sager, Forager Mosaicist


Saturday, October 9, 2021
• BREAKFAST – 6:00 AM - 7:15 AM – EXHIBIT HALL
• FIELD TRIP - 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM - Buses depart from the Seven Springs Mountain Resort promptly at 7:30 AM. Lunch, doughnuts, fruit, coffee and other beverages will be provided.

We are excited to announce that the Field Conference of Pennsylvania Geologists will be returning as an in-person conference this fall. We hope you will be able to join us on October 7-9 when we visit the Ohiopyle State Park area. All attendees are encouraged to receive their COVID-19 vaccine.​

 

The 85th Annual Field Conference of Pennsylvania Geologists will focus on the geology of Ohiopyle State Park and surrounding areas in the Laurel Highlands, with a special emphasis on geoheritage attributes of several sites. During the last half of the 18th century, George Washington and other adventurers made some history while they ventured over the rock strata in this region. In 1877, J.J. Stevenson, was the first person to notice that the Youghiogheny River at one time flowed across the narrow neck of what is known today as the Ferncliff Peninsula.

 

Event registration has gone fully digital. Please bear with us while we go through the growing pains.

Registration Page 2021 Field Conference | FCOPG Please fill in all of your information on the web page and “buy the ticket.” This will hold your spot in line with a date/time stamp. You will receive an automated confirmation from our website, and you will receive a follow-up email from Kristen Hand verifying your registration and providing payment options and waivers. If your date/time stamp puts you spot over our capacity, you will automatically be put on the wait list and receive wait-list instructions from Kristen Hand. Language for training justification is in the attachment.

Feedback on this new process is welcome and should be directed to our field conference email: RA-NRFCOPG@pa.gov

 

Please bring a hard hat, boots and a high-visibility vest as we will be stopping at a few quarries.

 

 

 

The conference headquarters is the Seven Springs Mountain Resort, 777 Water Wheel Dr., Champion, PA 15622. Rooms are available at the rate of $139 plus tax per night. (This price is honored from October 6 through October 10.) When making your reservation, be sure to indicate that you are with Field Conference of PA Geologists. Room block code – 8BZODT – call toll free (800) 452-2223

 

Buses will pick up attendees at Seven Springs Mountain Resort. Commuters may park at the resort for the day. Attached is a list of activities at the resort. These are not part of the conference but feel free to sign up for any activities when you make your reservation with the hotel.

 

The registration fee this year is $350 and includes two breakfasts, two lunches, the banquet dinner and the usual assortment of doughnuts, fruit and beverages. Because of the need to wait for all mailed checks and registrations to arrive, the first update will be Monday, August 9. Additional updates will be sent on the following Mondays or as needed. 

 

As in in previous years there will be an orientation and a reception on Thursday evening with beer, hors d’oeuvres, map blast, rock swap, student posters and a silent auction  If you wish to contribute, please let Kristen Hand know.

 

There are 8 preconference trips available:

  • GeoBike Tour of the Lower Youghiogheny Gorge

  • Hike to Meadow Run Cascades

  • Cucumber Falls

  • Linn Run Loyalhanna Limestone Quarry and PW&S Railroad

  • Laurel Caverns Private Tour

  • Youghiogheny Hydroelectric Dam

  • Thrust Faulting in the Deer Valley Limestone

  • Quecreek Coal Mine “9 for 9” Rescue Site

Select your preference on the registration website. After registration, additional information will be forwarded by the trip leaders.

 

Thank you and we are looking forward to another great conference. Any questions, just ask.

The 85th Annual Field Conference of Pennsylvania Geologists will be held October 7-9, 2021 and focus on the geology of Ohiopyle State Park and surrounding areas in the Laurel Highlands with a special emphasis on geoheritage attributes of several sites. During the last half of the 18th century George Washington and other adventurers made some history while they ventured over the rock strata in this region. In 1877, J.J. Stevenson, was the first to notice that the Youghiogheny River at one time flowed across the narrow neck of what today is known today as the Ferncliff Peninsula (see photo above).

In the FCOPG’s 89-year history it has visited Ohiopyle twice, but the last time was nearly 60 years ago. Since then the area has been made into a state park and we’ve learned more about the geology and evolutionary history of its landscape. Topics to be discussed include: Pleistocene weathering and erosion rates related to Lake Monongahela and knickpoint migration in its Youghiogheny tributary; weathering rates of Homewood sandstone on Laurel Ridge related to the formation of Turtlehead Rock Bog and the preserved ecological record; understanding the complexity of ground water movement in Mississippian Mauch Chunk and Burgoon strata to form caves and its impact on underground mining and springs; the Paleozoic stratigraphy and structural geology of the area; and also some unique geologic and culturally historic aspects of Pennsylvanian and Mississippian strata exposed at quarries, water falls, rail trails, ridgelines and caves.  The headquarters will be the Seven Springs Resort in Somerset County. 

The videos from our November 2020 virtual conference are available on the FCOPG YouTube page. These videos are an excellent primer for the upcoming conference.

Registration Fees: