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FIELD TRIPS

Each trip is all day on Wednesday, June 7. All field trips will run rain or shine, so rain gear may be necessary if the weather is bad. They may require moderate hiking over rough terrain. Over-the-ankle hiking boots, long pants and bug spray are strongly recommended. Lunches, snacks and water will be provided to all field trip attendees.

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Field Trip 1: Mountain Lake Landslides & "Dirty Dancing"

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Leaders: Skip Watts, George Stephenson and Bob Whisonant (Radford University)

This field trip will explore several geologic and geotechnical issues and past landslide activity related to the formation of Mountain Lake and relatively recent declining water levels. Mountain Lake is famous as the filming location for the 1987 movie Dirty Dancing.

Field Trip 2: The Narrows Landslide & I-81 Rock Slope Stability

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Leaders: Robin Reed (Schnabel Engineering)

A field trip exploring a variety of geologic features and rock slope stability issues in SW Virginia including the Pulaski Fault, injection breccias, ancient rock-block slides, and the Narrows Landslide.

Field Trip 3: Natural Bridge Rockfall Fatality & Remediation

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The field trip will explore rock slope stability issues and remediation of this natural rock arch in Rockbridge County, Virginia. This is the only known natural rock arch to also serve as a major highway (U.S. 11) bridge.

Field Trip 4: Fortune's Cove and the 1969 Hurricane Camille Debris Flows

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Leaders: Anne Witt (VA DGMR) and Dick Whitehead (Wiley|Wilson Engineering)

This field trip will explore debris flow features in Nelson County associated with Hurricane Camille in 1969 and discuss the history and impact of this event on the local community. Headscarps, debris flow tracks and fans will be explored in the Fortune Cove area, where over 100 coalescing debris flows occurred. This field trip will require moderate hiking over rough terrain. Over the ankle hiking boots, long pants and bug spray are strongly recommended.

Field Trip 5: Blue Ridge Debris Deposits and Alluvial Fans

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Leaders: Matt Heller (VA DGMR) and Rich Whittecar (ODU)

This field trip will explore geomorphic features and deposits of ancient debris fans in the Virginia Blue Ridge. Recent Beryllium-10 dating of ancient debris fans sheds light on landscape evolution in the Southern Appalachians. This field trip will require moderate hiking over rough terrain. Over the ankle hiking boots, long pants and bug spray are strongly recommended.

Field Trip 6: Boulders and Beer

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Leaders: David Spears (Virginia State Geologist) and geologists from the Virginia Division of Geology and Mineral Resources

This field trip will take the attendees along the "Brew Ridge Trail" of Nelson County, Virginia for a beer-tasting excursion. Along the way field trip leaders will discuss the complex geologic and landslide history of the area, including the destructive debris flows from Hurricane Camille in 1969. Beer tastings may be purchased individually at each brewery for an additional fee. This field trip will require minimal walking on flat terrain (mostly with a beer).

Post-Meeting Field Trip: Debris Flows and Rockslides of Western North Carolina: 1916 to present slope stability issues

This two-day field trip will include lunches, snacks and overnight hotel.

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Leaders: Jennifer Bauer (Appalachian Landslide Consultants), Rick Wooten (NC Geological Survey), Anne Witt (VA DGMR) and Jesse Hill (UNC-Chapel Hill)

This two-day field trip will explore a number of geologic sights and landslide features along the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia and North Carolina. Highlights include a discussion of rock slope stability issues associated with development along the Linville Falls fault in Boone, NC and debris flows associated with major storms in 1916 and 1940. Over the ankle hiking boots, long pants and bug spray are strongly recommended.

Guest Tour: Chateau Morrisette Winery Tour

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Join us for a relaxing excursion to a Virginia winery for a tour, tasting and lunch. Along the way, guests will travel along the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway and stop at picturesque Mabry Mill, a historic gristmill and sawmill built in 1903, and one of the most photographed sites along the Parkway.

The tour will end with a stop at Mill Mountain overlooking Roanoke, with its iconic illuminated star, for which Roanoke was nicknamed the "Star City." This tour will require minimal walking over flat terrain.