There is nothing I love to do more in my spare time than to travel. Whenever I do travel I try to look for unique geologic locations or sites to visit while I am there. I have been very fortunate to travel several locations over the last few years; this year I traveled to West Virginia for the first time. The people, everywhere I went, were lovely; very kind and thoughtful. The pride of West Virginians is very evident. Many families tend to stay in the same area, some in the same neighborhood, and are also very willing to help their neighbors in any way they can.
Devil’s Tea Table
There are mountains in Appalachia; there are mountains everywhere! Cities are located near large rivers, and the neighborhoods rise above the rivers in all directions. As I drove around, the geology became visible. Layered rock with visible coal seams in many locations (a testament to the coal mining industries of the area). I cannot help but “see” geology where ever I go. As my curiosity rose, I stumbled upon Little Creek Park and went for a hike. Even in the winter, green grass was peeking through the leaves of the trees visible in every direction. Along the way a towering column of rock appeared amongst the forest. Immediately visible were layered sedimentary rocks the entire length of the outcrop. It is known as Devil’s Tea Table. Upon closer inspection, planar cross bedding could be seen, as well as larger pebbles in amongst the thick sandstone layers. I love the idea that this location is very near the local high school and junior high, where I hope that the science teachers take advantage of such a wonderful example of differential weathering and stratigraphy.
Most people around me think that my obsession with the field of geology is a bit out there, but it is a passion that I was born with and that I love to share with my students. It is my intention to discuss this location with my students when I return back to school. I plan on incorporating it into my discussions and worksheets on weathering and erosion, as well as sedimentary rocks. As time goes by, my list of activities available for purchase on my web site will increase; and I intend to incorporate locations of places where I have traveled. Perhaps I will add it to locations in my Geology Bucket List activity as well. If you love teaching the subject of geology as I do, visit my TpT site find great geology activities for your classroom! In the meantime, enjoy your last days of break. The new semester starts soon!
This article was originally published at midnightstarsciencelessons.com.