Dr. Loren A. Raymond 
Emeritus Professor of Geology

  raymondla@bellsouth.net
  •Department of Geology, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC 28608

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About Dr. Raymond:

Dr. Raymond, a native of California, first joined the faculty of Appalachian State University in 1972 and retired in June 2007. Dr. Raymond's specialty is petrotectonics, the use of rocks to decipher the history of mountain belts. His research has carried him to California, Oregon, Guatemala, Peru, and Italy, but his research has been focused primarily on aspects of the petrology and petrotectonics of the Blue Ridge Belt of the Southern Appalachian Mountain System, stratigraphy and structure of the Valley and Ridge Belt of Virginia, and the petrotectonics of the Diablo Range, one of the Coast Ranges of California. Dr. Raymond edited a Geological Society of America volume on melanges, authored the texts Petrology: The Study of Igneous, Sedimentary and Metamorphic Rocks and Petrography Laboratory Manual, published several papers on petrotectonics and petrology, and presented more than 60 papers at professional meetings.

At Appalchian State University, Dr. Raymond taught a variety of courses including Earth Materials, Structural Geology, Petrology, Senior Seminar, Summer Field Geology, and Introduction to Physical Geology. He was a Charter member of the Appalachian College of Arts and Sciences Academy of Outstanding Teachers and was the 1989 Teacher of the Year. Dr. Raymond is one of the founders of Appalachian's Sustainable Development program and taught in that program for a few years as an additional part of his teaching duties. From 1982 to 1983 and 1995 to 2000, Dr. Raymond Chaired the Department of Geology. He also Chaired the University Council of Chairs from 1998-2000.

Dr. Raymond is a licensed geologist in North Carolina and has written andgraded N.C. State Licensing examinations. He is the President of the Geologic consulting firm Geology Services International, Inc. and the CEO of the non-profit Ecumenical Project for International Co-operation, Inc.

 
Research Interests:
  Structural and Tectonic History, with special focuses on: 

      - Petrology of ultramafic rocks in the Blue Ridge Belt of the Southern Appalachian Orogen;
      - Tectonic History of the Blue Ridge Belt of North Carolina;
      - - Stratigraphy and Structure of the Valley and Ridge Belt of southwestern Virginia;
      - The Structure and Tectonic History of the Grandfather Mountain Formation, NC; 
         and
      - The Structure, Petrology, and Tectonic History of the Franciscan Subduction Complex 
             and the Associated Great Valley Group of California.
 
 
 

 

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Dr. Raymond examines a large bed of metaconglomerate within the Grandfather Mountain Formation along the Underwood Trail, Grandfather Mountain, Avery County, NC.


Publications and Abstracts:

Miller, W., III, Webb, F., Jr., and Raymond, L.A., 2009a, Clustering and morphologic variation in /Arthrophycus alleghaniensis /(Lower Silurian of Virginia, USA) as evidence of behavioral    paleoecology: Neues Jarb. Fur Geologie und Palaontologie– Abhandlungen. V. 251, no. 1, p. 109-117.
Miller, W.,III, Webb, F., Jr., and Raymond, L.A., 2009b, “/Pteridichnites/” (= /Psammichnites/) from the Upper Devonian Brallier Formation of Southwestern Virginia, USA: Ichnotaxonomic    Status, Constructional Morphology, and Paleoecology: Southeeastern Geology, v.46, no. 4, p. 187-199.
Raymond. L.A., Webb, F., Jr., and Whitlock, W.W., 2009c, Contrasting modes of strain accommodation and intrablock deformation zones (IDZs) in the Marion – Saltville region of the Valley    and Ridge Structural Belt, SW, Virginia, USA: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 41, no. ,1 p. 19-20.
Webb, F., Jr. and Raymond. L.A., 2009d, Geology beyond roadcuts: Geologic mapping of the Saltville and Broadford quadrangles, southwest Virginia: Geological Society of America Abstracts    with Programs, v. 41, no. ,1 p. 11-12.
Raymond, L.A., and Seramur, K., 2008, Community-based geologic hazard mapping in northwestern North Carolina: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 40, no. 4, p. 4.

Webb, F., Jr. and Raymond. L.A., 2008, Recognition and significance of Middle Ordovician Paleoseismites from southwestern Virginia: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs,    v. 40, no. 4, p. 27.
Webb, F., Jr. Raymond. L.A., and Whitlock, W.W., 2008, Geology of the Saltville and Pulaski Fault Blocks, southwest Virginia: Field Trip Guidebook, 38th Annual Virginia Geological Field    Conference, 45p.
Wilson, C.G., Raymond, L.A., and Love, A.B., 2008, Structures and deformation inside the Grandfather Mountain Window: The northern Goldmine Branch Fault: Geological Society of    America Abstracts with Programs, v. 40, no. 4, p. 11.
Miller, W., Webb, F., Jr., and Raymond, L.A., 2008 (in press), Clustering and morphologic variation in Arthrophycus Allegheniensis (lower Silurian of Virginia, USA) as evidence of behavioral    paleoecology: Neues Jahrbuch fur Geologie und    Palaontologie.
Webb, F. Jr., and Raymond, L.A., 2007, Structural geology and stratigraphy of the Saltville, VA 7.5 minute quadrangle: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs,
   v. 39, no. 6, p.    234.

Swanson, S.E.,Warner, R.D., and Raymond,L.A., 2007, All enstatite is not created equal: A tale of orthopyroxene in metadunites of the eastern Blue Ridge of North Carolina and Georgia:    Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 39, no. 6, p.
Hatcher, R.D., Jr., Merschat, A.J., and Raymond, L.A., 2006, GEOTRAVERSE: Geology of northeastern Tennessee and the Grandfather Mountain region: in Labotka, T.C., and Hatcher, R.D.,    Jr., Field Trip Guidebook, Geological Society of America 2006 Southeastern Section Meeting, p. 129-184.
Swanson, S.E., Raymond, L.A., Warner, R.D., Ryan, J.G., Yurkovich, S.P., and Peterson, V.L., 2005, Petrotectonics of mafic and ultrmafic rocks in Blue Ridge Terranes of western North    Carolina and northern Georgia: in Hatcher, R.D., Jr. and Merschat, A.J., eds., Blue Ridge Geology Geotraverse East of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Western North Carolina:    Carolina Geological Society Annual Field Trip Guidebook, p.73-90.
Raymond, L.A., and Anderson, W.P., Jr., 2005, Fracture Trace Analysis for Small Domain Water Well Siting, northwestern North Carolina, USA: Geological Society of America, Abstracts with    Programs, v.37, no. 7, p.34.

Raymond, L.A. and Love, A.B., 2005, Pseudobedding, Primary Structures and Thrust Faults in the Grandfather Mountain Formation, NW North Carolina, USA: Southeastern Geology
   v. 44 no. 2 p. 53 - 71.
Raymond, L.A. and Love, A.B., 2005, Pseudobedding, Primary Structures and Thrust Faults in the Grandfather Mountain Formation, NW North Carolina, USA:Geological Society of America
   Abstracts with Programs v. 37 no. 2.

Swanson, S.E., and Raymond, L.A., 2004, Variation in Chromite Composition with Metamorphic Grade, An Example from Metaultramafic Rocks from the Spruce Pine District, North Carolina:
   Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 36, p. 134-135.
Raymond, L.A., et al., 2003, The Case for An Acadian Arc in the Eastern Blue Ridge Belt (Toe Terrane), Southern Appalachian Orogen, USA; Geological Society of America Abstracts with
   Programs, v. 35, p. 345.

Raymond, L.A., Swanson, S.E., and Love, A.B., 2002, Physical, mineralogical, and chemical trends during retrograde metamorphism of metaultramafic rocks, Blue Ridge Belt, North Carolina,
   USA: Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Programs, v. 34, v. 6, P. 431.

Raymond, L.A. and Love, A.B., 2002, Aspect ratios of Blue Ridge metaultramafic rocks and their significance: Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Programs, v. 34, no. 2, P. A-92.
Raymond, L.A. et. al, 2003,Cr-spinel compositions, metadunite petrology and the petrotectonic history of Blue Ridge ophiolites, Southern Appalachian Orogen, USA:  in Dilek, Y. &    Robinson,P.T., Ophiolites in Earth History, Geological Society of London Special Publication 218, p. 253-278.
Raymond, L.A., Love, A.B., and McCarter, R.L., 2001, Petrology of the Hoots Ultramafic Body, Blue Ridge Belt, Northweastern North Carolina:  Southeastern Geology,
   v. 40, no. 3, p. 149-162.


Geo Links

Virginia Geologic Survey

United States Geological Survey

Peridotite Press

Geological Society of America