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Furman hosts 75th meeting of Carolina Geological Society

SEPTEMBER 19, 2012
Tina Underwood, Contributing Writer

Furman  will host the 73rd meeting of the Carolina Geological Society Friday, Oct. 12 – Sunday, Oct. 14, and will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the society. Serving both Carolinas, CGS was founded at Furman in 1937 by Wilbur C. Holland.

Three Furman faculty members have served as president of CGS since its founding. This year, Furman Earth and Environmental Sciences professors Jack Garihan, Bill Ranson, and Suresh Muthukrishnan will lead the event, which brings together professionals, academics, and students from across the Southeast.

The principal activities of CGS include a membership meeting and a day and a half field trip. This year’s trip takes geoscientists to the Inner Piedmont along the Blue Ridge Escarpment to examine metamorphic and ultramafic rocks, ductile and brittle structures associated with faulting, and mass wasting sites near Jones Gap State Park. Special guest botanist Tom Goforth will discuss soil chemistry and its relationship to plant diversity.

A special celebration at Table Rock State Park is planned for Saturday to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Carolina Geological Society.

For more information about the event, contact Bill Ranson in the Earth and Environmental Sciences Department at 864-294-3364, or For more information about the Carolina Geological Society, visit

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