Rock Descriptions and Thin Sections

A critical part of developing a geologic map is truly understanding the rock units we observe in the field. The way to do this is by developing rock descriptions. Rock descriptions, which are often initially derived at in the field and further expanded in the lab, are a tricky thing to nail down for a […]

The Sun Never Sets on the Gladstone Gladiators

As the summer research season begins to wind down, the Gladstone Gladiators are working overtime to understand to the underlying geology of the Gladstone quadrangle. The last few weeks have been extraordinarily helpful in achieving this goal. We have been processing our rock samples in the lab to better understand what we saw in the […]

Gladstone Gladiators on Neoproterozoic Roads and Cambrian Terranes

As we began our journey from central Virginia back to Williamsburg, our team immediately began to reminisce on the last four days spent in the field. The van was smelly and weighed down with rock samples to be analyzed, elements that could only mean one thing: the “Gladstone Gladiators” (derived of course from our mapping […]