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


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


  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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