Structural Geology & Tectonics Research Group

Structural Geology & Tectonics Research Group
  • Planet Earth is an interesting place, we study the Earth’s structure and how it’s changed over both a geological and human timescale.

About Structural Geology & Tectonics Research Group

The Structural Geology & Tectonics Research Group at William & Mary has generated new knowledge about the internal architecture, tectonic processes, and geological history of the Earth (and beyond) for more than two decades.

We aim to share these discoveries, made primarily by undergraduate researchers, with the world and convey the excitement, frustration, and joy of original research.

Posts by Structural Geology & Tectonics Research Group

Tall tales from a rock named Baby Blue

By Olivia Pearson ’21 Some 550 to 500 million years ago, in what would become central Virginia, a suite of sediments was deposited in

Inversion Tectonics in the Blue Ridge

By Kelly Thigpen ’21 Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains are underlain by old rocks, some of which formed more than a billion years ago. These

Light at the End of the Tunnel: Geological Research at Crozet’s Blue Ridge Tunnel

By Katie Lang ’18 A new trail has opened in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains — in late November, after years of work, Nelson County

We Need to Go Deeper – the Blueschists and Eclogites of Oman

By Nick Carpenter ’21 Have you ever wondered what goes on deep within the Earth, far deeper than any human has ever ventured? Well

The Soapstone Special

Gabe Mojica ’21 Soapstone. What is it you might ask? No, it isn’t used for bathing, or at least not in the way you

The Mystery of Mélange

By Terri Zach ‘21 Mélange (mā-ˈlänj) is a fun word to say. We can thank the French for that, it’s a derivation of the

The Chaos of Rocks

Hello World! I’m Professor Chuck Bailey and this is the inaugural post for the William & Mary Structural Geology & Tectonics Research Group. Our