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Crystal G. Wilson
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Crystal G. Wilson
115 Rankin Science South
572 Rivers Street
Boone, NC 28608-2067

PH:   (828) 262-8466
FAX: (828) 262-6503

     I instruct Introductory Geology classes at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina.  These classes include Physical Geology (1101) and Environmental Geology (1103).  Physical Geology introduces students to the history and systems of our planet as revealed by rocks and the many physical, chemical, and mechanical processes that have modified them over a time span that may range millions of years, producing the bedrock, soil, and landscapes we see today.  In Environmental Geology, various aspects of geology are explored as they pertain to our day-to-day lives.  Topics include living safely amid geologic hazards such as volcanoes, earthquakes, and floods; the geologic record and rapid climate change; air/water pollution; and natural/alternative resources.   

     In addition to teaching, I am currently "dabbling" in detailed, geologic mapping of the Boone 7.5-minute quadrangle.  The purpose of this work is four-fold:
(1) to determine the relationship (i.e. unconformity or fault contact) of the Neoproterozoic Grandfather Mountain Formation to surrounding Mesoproterozoic rocks such as the Blowing Rock Gneiss and the Wilson’s Creek Gneiss.
(2) to determine stratigraphic relationships within the Grandfather Mountain Formation.
(3) to document and elucidate the details and sequence of deformation (a.k.a. mountain-building events) in the area.
(4) to provide a detailed geologic map of Boone and the surrounding area to aid in "smart" development in an area undergoing rapid development/land-use change lending to the challenge of living with landslide hazards and discovering new groundwater resources supplied predominantly by fractured crystalline rocks.