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The gravel bars of Raccoon Creek

Today is the first day of class – but that doesn’t mean that we stay inside. I brought my GEOS 211 (Intro. to Rocks and Minerals) to Raccoon Creek for a lab on classification. Now, Raccoon Creek is great for random rock samples because of the large gravel bars made from a mix of local-derived material and distant material brought in through glacial processes. Check out some of the random things found during the lab:

GEOS 211 students examining the rocks at Raccoon Creek

One of the student group's classification plots

Gneiss

Pegmatitic quartz?

Carbonate of some sort

Glass slag from Newark, OH (at least 50-100 years old?)

Anthropogenic sediment - brake pad with abestoform minerals

Slightly out-of-focus coral (?) fossil

Erik Klemetti

2 Comments

  1. Nope. Just checked link/map, wrong side of Hocking River. Must be a different Raccoon Creek in Ohio.

  2. I this the Raccoon Creek that has its confluence with the Ohio River just downstream of Gallipolis, Ohio? Grew up canoeing the lower stretches of that stream!

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