Not only is fieldwork an essential
part of the training of any geologist, it can also be fun for
the family. The collecting of fossils can easily distract even
the youngest of children for several hours. However, the safety
aspects must be emphasised as many people get severely injured
or killed around our coastlines and cliffs every year. Some
particular hazards include:
Unstable cliff tops, rocks falling
from cliffs or mountains, landslips, landslides
Rising tides, large waves, strong
It is also important to remember
that the locations are not an infinite resource and should be
treated in a manner that will allow future generations to have
access to them.
The following sites give details
regarding safety and fieldwork codes. These are UK guides, the
first two of which are relevant worldwide.
during Fieldwork - Including references
introduction to Field Mapping
Collecting, Fossils On America's Public Lands
Rock Collecting Sites, comprehensive selection
Links to fossil sites countrywide
Geological maps online
Geological maps - links
Geology, Tour of USA parks
Geology, Links to Volcano Parks
USGS Geology in the Parks
The sites listed have been restricted
to those with a significant geological content.
The Virtual Field Guides
Wetumpka, 8 million year old meteorite impact structure?
West, Tombigbee River in Sumter County
Roadside Geology of the Matanuska Valley
The Pleistocene Gubik Formation, Skull Cliff, Alaska
Bering Land Bridge
Geology of Akutan Island
Ouachitas, Structure, Stratigraphy, and Sedimentology of Paleozoic
Ouachita Mountains, Deep Water Turbidites
Central Arkansas, Economic Geology and Mineralogy
Rockhounding comprehensive guide
Geology Virtual Tourist
Geological map and key.
Grand Canyon, General geology, excellent guide
southeastern Arizona, field trip guide to Mineral and Environmental
Investigations Project .
Petrified forest national park
Sunset Crater, Arizona, near Flagstaff
White Mountains, Copper mining, porphyry deposits.
Geology of the White Tank Mountains, Central Arizona.
Yosemite, Images and movies showing 3D geological maps mainly
Collecting Fossils in California, Guide
Anza-Borrego Desert Region
Black Butte, Siskiyou County, near Mt. Shasta
Bodega Head, San Andreas fault, Proof of plate tectonics with
Cajon Pass field trip
Channel islands, Another example of faulting and plate tectonics.
USGS virtual field trip in Death Valley
Independence Dikes and Mafic Rocks of the Eastern Sierra
High Inyo Mountains, Fossils
Hollister, Calaveras fault, south of San Francisco Bay area, plate
Inyo County, Field Trip To The Southern Nopah Range
Kettleman Hills, Fossils
Lake Manix, Fossils from Pleistocene
Lassen Peak Region Points of Interest
Geological sites along Mojave National Preserve’s most popular
Monterey Bay, Natural Bridges, Loma Prieta, Marine geology, earthquakes
and the San Andreas Fault.
Mount Diablo Geology
Northern Monterey Bay, California. Geology and coastal hazards.
Owens Valley, Mammoth Lakes, Maps, images and details. Excellent
Geology of Patrick's Point State Park
San Andreas Fault Zone, Exposed at Palmdale
Palos Verdes Peninsula, a tectonic fault block
Point Reyes, Marin County, Geological history
Rainbow Basin field trip
Ring Mountain, Marin County, General geology and the San Andreas
Sailor Flat, A Paleobotanical Field Trip
San Diego County, General geology, Quaternary to Jurassic.
folded and tilted rocks, unconformities, and sedimentary structures
at Rainbow Basin
oil fields at San Ardo and Coalinga
San Francisco Bay Area, San Andreas Fault
San Francisco Bay Area, Faulting and Neogene palaeogeographies
Virtual Field Trip: San Andreas Fault and Hayward Fault, San Francisco
San Francisco, Golden Gate, Comparison of the undisturbed and
tectonically disturbed sedimentary rocks on either side of the
Santa Cruz, 1989 earthquake, engineering impact
Brief Explanation of the Geology of the Santa Clarita Valley
Smith River. A Virtual Trip Through The Josephine Ophiolite
St. Francis Dam site, engineering geology.
Geology of the UCSU campus
Sharktooth Hill, A Visit To The Bone Bed
Sonoma County, San Andreas Fault, general geology
California, Southern California,
Palmdale, Cajon Pass, Anza Borrego, Salton trough, Palos verdes,
Pisgah Volcano, Timeteo Badlands, Rainbow Basin, St Francis Dam,
San Andreas Fault Zone and general geology.
Sonoma County, Shell Beach, example of subduction zone.
Southern California,Timoteo Badlands
St. Patrick's Point, Mesozoic and Quaternary geology.
Union Wash, Ammonites
Los Angeles, Ice Age Fossils of Rancho La Brea
Yosemite, Sierra Nevada, General geology, road guide
San Andreas Fault. Watsonville-Hollister area
Carolina, Geology Field
Mount Airy, granite quarry
Chapel Hill, Diabase dykes
Coastal Geology Field Trip To The Outer Banks of North Carolina
Geological Society Field Trips, mostly available as pdf files:
1952 Great Smoky Mountains
area, Tennessee and North Carolina
1952 Guidebook map
1955 North Carolina Coastal
1956 Kings Mountain Belt
1957 South Carolina Coastal
1958 South Carolina Coastal
1959 Geology of the Albermarle
and Denton Quadrangles
1960 Grandfather Mountain
1961 Carolina Slate Belt
and the Charlotte Belt in Newberry County Fall Line Stratigraphy
1962 Geology of Moore County
1963 Geology of Pickens
and Oconee Counties
1964 Chatham, Randolph and
Orange County Areas
1964 Geologic Map of the
NC Slate Belt Grayscale tif (IBM Order)11662KB
1965 Guide to the Geology
of York County
1966 Guidebook of Excursion
in Cabarrus County
1967 Guide to the Geology
of the Mt. Rogers Area, Virginia, North Carolina and Tennessee
1968 Stratigraphy, Structure,
and Petrology of the Piedmont
1968 Map of Piedmont Geology
1969 A Guide to the Geology
of Northwestern South Carolina
1970 Stratigraphy, Sedimentology
and Economic Geology of Dan River Basin
1971 Stratigraphy and Structure
of the Murphy Belt
1973 Granitic Plutons of
the Central and Eastern Piedmont of South Carolina
1974 Geology of the Piedmont
and Coastal Plain Near Pageland and Wadesboro
1975 Guide to the Geology
of the Blue Ridge South of the Great Smoky Mountains
1976 Introduction to the
Geology of the Eastern Blue Ridge of the Carolinas and nearby
1977 Field Guide to the
Geology of the Durham Triassic Basin
1978 Geological Investigations
of the Eastern Piedmont, Southern Appalachians
1979 Structural and Stratigraphic
Framework for the Coastal Plain of North arolina
1980 Geological Investigations
of Piedmont and Triassic Rocks, Central North Carolina and Virginia
1980 Magnetic Contour Lines
and Major Structural Elements of the Piedmont of SW Virginia
1980 Folds and Rock Characteristics
in the Danville Area Virginia
1980 Aeroradiometric Contours,
Superimposed on the Geology of the Blairs, Mout Hermon and Danville
1980 Gravity Map of the
1981 Geological Investigations
of the Kings Mountain Belt and Adjacent Areas in the Carolinas
1982 Geological Investigations
Related to the Stratigraphy in the Kaolin Mining District, Aiken
1983 Geologic Investigations
in the Blue Ridge of Northwestern North Carolina
1984 A Stratigrapher's View
of the Carolina Slate Belt Southcentral North Carolina
1985 The Virgilina Deformation:
Implications of Stratigraphic Correlation in the Carolina Slate
of the Upper Edge of the Coastal Plain between North Augusta and
1986 Geologic Map of the
Upper Edge of the Coastal Plain,
1987 Anatomy of the Alleghanian
Orogeny as Seen from the Piedmont of South Carolina and Georgia
1987 Plate 1 - Geologic
Map of the Clarks Hill and Leah Quadrangles
1987 Plate 1 - Geologic
Map of the Clarks Hill and Leah Quadrangles
1988 Structure of the Sauratown
Mountains North Carolina
1988 Map of Geology of the
Western Sauratown Mountains Window and Easternmost inner Piedmont
1988 Lineation Map of the
Western Sauratown Mountains and Easternmost Inner Piedmont
1989 Campanian and Maastrichtian
Depositional Systems of the Black Creek Group of the Carolinas
1990 Geology of Grenville-Age
Basement and Younger Cover Rocks in the West Central Blue Ridge,
1991 Studies of Precambrian
and Paleozoic Stratigraphy in the Western Blue Ridge
1992 Geological Investigations
of the Central Savannah River Area
1993 Studies of Inner Piedmont
Geology with a Focus on the Columbus Promontory
1993 Geologic Map of the
Columbus Promontory, Western Inner Piedmont, North Carolina
1994 Geology and Field Trip
Guide, Western Flank of the Raleigh Metamorphic Belt, North Carolina
1995 Field Guide "Geology
of the Western Part of the Carolina Terrane in Northwestern South
1995 Map of Rocks of the
Carolina Terrane in the Spartanburg 30° x 60° quadrangle
1996 Environmental Coastal
Geology: Cape Lookout to Cape Fear, NC
1997 Paleozoic Structure,
Metamorphism, and Tectonics of the Blue Ridge of Western North
1998 The Carolina Terrane
in Northeastern South Carolina
1998 Geology of the Ridgeway-Camden
Area, South Carolina
1998 The Carolina Terrane
in Northeastern South Carolina
1999 Geology of the Fall
Zone Region Along the North Carolina - Virginia State Line
2000 Savannah River Site
Environmental Remediation Systems in Unconsolidated Upper Coastal
Plain Sediments Stratigraphic and Structural Considerations
Colorado, Geology Field
Dinosaur County, Laramide basins, Piceance and Uinta.
Front Range Geologic Hazards Field Trip
Garfield County, Guide to the Geology of the Glenwood Springs
Geology of Golden/Morrison.
Hinsdale County, A Virtual Field Trip of the Slumgullion Earth
Ouray - Silverton Area, Geology, Water Quality, and Avalanche
PlateauJurassic - Cenozoic Strata of the Colorado Plateau
Southeastern Colorado, Cretaceous-Tertiary Boundary Impact Layer
The Geologic Story of the Black Canyon and Curecanti
Touring Colorado Geology
Rocky Mountain Geology South-Central Colorado
Igneous Petrology of the Spanish Peaks
Guide to the Dinosaurs of Colorado
Valley Geology and Palaeontology
Precambrian to Jurassic hardrock geology.
Hartford Basin, Triassic Rift Basin.
Dinosaur State Park, Rocky Hill Connecticut
Mesozoic of Hartford Basin field trip
Age of dinosaurs field trip.
Geology of the Black Hills uplift.
Geology of Eastern South Dakota.
Geology of Central and Western South Dakota.
Minnesota, Fargo-Moorhead Region, Construction problems on weak
Geology of South Dakota
Dakota, North: Geological Survey
Note 1 - No Ordinary Plain:
North Dakota's Physiography and Landforms North Dakota
Note 2 - Bison Trails and
Buffalo Boulders North Dakota
Note 3 - North Dakota's Petrified
Wood North Dakota
Note 4 - Earthquakes in North
Dakota? North Dakota
Note 5 - Glacial Lake Agassiz
Note 6 - Gold in North Dakota
Note 7 - The Missouri River
Note 8 - Eskers in North
Dakota North Dakota
Note 9 - Paleontology of
Theodore Roosevelt National Park North Dakota
Note 10 - Drumlins in North
Dakota North Dakota
Note 11 - Ice-Thrusting in
North Dakota Pop-Up Hills: North Dakota's Champagne Geology North
Note 12 - North Dakota's
Badlands North Dakota
Note 13 - North Dakota Clinker
Note 14 - Buried Glaciers
and Dead-Ice Moraine North Dakota
Note 15 - North Dakota's
Mountainous Areas: The Killdeer Mountains and the Turtle Mountains
Note 16 - Dunes
Valley, Fossils In Death Valley National Park
Geology of Georgia, granite
Geology photo tour
Stone Mountain, General geology
sites of interest:
Little River Canyon (Alabama)
Cloudland Canyon Fossil sites
in northwest Georgia
Carters Dam Fault (general)
Carters Dam and the Carters
Brasstown Bald (general)
Brasstown Bald and Lake
Chatuge (specific sites)
Lake Allatoona sites
Brevard Fault Zone (general)
Brevard Fault Zone (specific
Stone Mountain (general)
Stone Mountain (specific
Clairmont Formation Soapstone
Geologic contact revealed
Graves Mountain Providence
Grand Canyon, Geology
Canyon, The Geology of the Grand Canyon
Canyon, Guide to Grand Staircase in Grand Canyon
Kilauea Crater Kilauea Crater Virtual Field Trips
Six virtual field trips to Oahu, Big Island, Maui, Kahoolawe,
A Teacher's Guide to the Geology of Hawaii Volcanoes National
Take a Tour of Loihi, Hawaii's newest volcano
Craters of the Moon', the largest young basaltic lava field in
the conterminous United States
Latah County, trip in vicinity of Moscow.
Latah County, Mineralogy
Snake River, Yellowstone, Complex tectonic and volcanic region
with a Miocene graben.
Utah, Wyoming, Jurassic carbonate sedimentology.
Lewiston, Kimberly, Colombia river basalt group. Flood basalts
of Tertiary age.
Spokane Valley - Rathdrum Prairie Aquifer
Virtual Geology of the Spokane Area
Geology of Fox Ridge State Park
The geology of Kankakee River State Park Area, Kankakee County
Mazon creek, Pennsylvanian, Francis Creek Shale fossils.
Geology and mining of Starved Rock State Park and surrounding
General geology, fossils and minerals.
Geology of Kansas City
Historical geology, fossils, minerals and landforms.
Geology, Rocks, Fossils and Field Trips
Extent of the Surficial Cretaceous Rocks in Kansas, map
Kentucky River, Ordovician.
Red River Gorge
Old Hickory Clay Company, Marshall Pit, storage shed and processing
plant; Powell Pit, sand and gravel; Clastic dikes near Symsonia;
Geologic hazards, landslides at Hickman, Kentucky; Vulcan Materials,
Reed Quarry. Plus pdf file.
Hazard, KY Field Trip
Salt Domes. Miocene Deltas, Eocene Cycles along Texas border.
Aspects of Louisians geology
Geological fact sheets
Mount Apatite, minerals, feldspar quarries.
Pineo Ridge moraine/delta complex.
Tumbledown Mountain Area, ductile deformation and granite magma
Calvert Cliffs, Chesapeake Bay, Miocene fossils.
Sidelong Hill, Mississippian, structural and sedimentary geology.
Fossils in Counties of Maryland
Maryland's geological features
1. Muddy Creek Falls
2. Swallow Falls
3. The Great Falls of the
Potomac Rocky Features:
4. Dans Rock
5. Sideling Hill Road Cut
and Exhibit Center
6. Soldiers Delight Serpentine
7. Maryland Dinosaurs
8. Caves in Maryland Shorelines
9. Calvert Cliffs
10. Tidewater Maryland
11. Assateague Island
Nahant, East Point of Nahant and Squaw Rock Park
and Origin of the Niagara Escarpment
Images and video of trips with minimal text.
Fossils of the Cannon River Watershed Area
Geology field trip
The Fossils of Boone County, Missouri
Mississippi, A nontechnical description of the origin and
evolution of the geology of the Great Plains
Crown Butte, Lacolith near Great Falls
Stratigraphy of Central Montana
Field trip to area around Great Falls.
Explore Montana's geology
Lake Superior trip, with Archean rocks, the Keweenawan Rift, The
Duluth Layered Complex, and the Lake Superior basin.
Extent of the Surficial Cretaceous Rocks in Nebraska, map
Nebraska's Invertebrate Fossils
Nevada, Geology Field
Early Cambrian Fossils In Western Nevada
Fossil Plants And Insects At Bull Run, Nevada
Field Trip To The Copper Basin Fossil Flora
Nevada Highway 50. Geology between Carson City and Sand Mountain
Ancient Lakes and Volcanoes near Fallon
Montello Fossils, Elko County, Nevada
Truckee Meadows. Field trip near Reno (pdf file)
Fossil Plants At Buffalo Canyon, Churchill County.
Ammonites And Brachiopods In Elko County, Nevada
Ordovician Fossils In The Toquima Range
Fossil Leaves And An Insect From Stewart Valley, Nevada
Hamphire, Resources and geological maps
White Mountains, New Hampshire, AMC Back Country Hut Geology
Hampshire, Bedrock geology of the Eastern White Mountain Batholith,
N Conway area
Hampshire, Geological introduction
Jersey, Hunterdon County, A photo based trip with limited
Jersey, Fossils of New Jersey
Extent of the Surficial Cretaceous Rocks in New Jersey ,map
Mexico, Virtual Tour of New Mexico Geology
Mexico, Afton Lava Flow in Southern New Mexico near El Paso
Mexico, Black Mountain Cinder Cone, Southern New Mexico west
of El Paso
Extent of the Surficial Cretaceous Rocks in New Mexico, map
Mexico, Valley of Fires, Lava flow in central New Mexico
Mexico, Field Trip to Zuni-Bandera Malpais Basalts, Northern
Mexico, Cucharas Pass and Trinchera Peak, Northern New Mexico
New Mexico/Texas, McKittrick Canyon (Guadalupe Mtns. National
Park) Geologic Road Log
New Mexico/Texas, Alamogordo, New Mexico-El Paso, Texas Geologic
Mexico/Texas, Dark Canyon-Sitting Bull Falls-Rocky Arroyo
Geologic Road Log
Mexico/Texas, Carlsbad-Alamogordo, Geologic road log
Mexico/Texas, Carlsbad Caverns vicinity, Geologic road log.
New Mexico/Texas, El Paso, Texas - Carlsbad, New Mexico Geologic
New York, Geology Field
New York, Geology overview.
York, Long Island, Precambrian to Pleistocene glaciation.
York, Long Island, our story
York, Mohawk River Valley, Ordovician sedimentology and tectonism.
York, Mohawk River Valley of New York , Fossils
York, Oneonta, Hudson River, 400 million years of Earth History.
York, Oneonta to the Adirondack lowlands.
York, Geology and Geography of New York Bight Beaches
York, Rochester, Geological history.
York, Harriman State Park
York, Staten Island, General geology.
York, St. Lawrence Lowlands. A virtual tour of the PreCambrian
and Lower Paleozoic rocks of the area.
York, Tully Valley, Landslide Susceptibility, Finger Lakes
York, The Geology of Western New York
York, En Echelon Fringe Cracks and the Tectonic History of
the Appalachian Plateau, New York State
Dakota, Introduction to the North Dakota Geological Survey
Fossil Resource Management Program
Extent of the Surficial Cretaceous Rocks in Oklahoma, map
Cascade Range, Volcanoes, volcanics and regional geology (USGS).
Descutes, Basin and range Province, General geology, volcanoes
geology, and glaciation of Mt. Hood.
Coast Range geology
High Lava Plains and northern Basin and Range
High Cascades, Mount Hood, 50,000 years of volcanic history (USGS).
Geology of the Elkhorn Mountains, northeastern Oregon
Allegheny Mountain Section - Appalachian Plateaus Province
Historical geology field trip.
Geological story of the Ocoee River Gorge.
Texas, Geology Field
Austin Chalk Group, chalk stratigraphy and sedimentology
Austin area, Travis County, geology history, rock types and formations,
faulting and a Cretaceous volcano.
Ausin area, virtual field guide including maps and animations.
Austin, guide to buiding stones, Precambrian to Pleistocene.
Balcones Escarpment, contains field trip guide San Antonio to
Big Bend, Historical geology, igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary
The Brazos River -- Brazos Bend State Park Fluvial sedimentation
in a meandering river floodplain
Central, Lower Cretaceous Dinosaur Trackways
Structural geology and landforms of Dallas County
The Permian Reef Complex (Delaware Basin) of West Texas
East-Central, Coal Geology of the Paleocene-Eocene Calvert Bluff
Formation (Wilcox Group) and the Eocene Manning Formation (Jackson
Group) in east-central Texas
A Brief Overview of Geology in the Big Bend Area
Handbook of Texas Geology Online
Invertebrate Fossils of Texas from Stone City Bluff, Burleson
Mexico , Geology of the Hueco Tanks area, near El Paso
Mexico , Kilbourne's Hole, Maar volcano near El Paso
Mexico, Aden Crater volcano near El Paso
Mexico, The Franklin Mountains of El Paso
Mexico, A geologic history of the El Paso-Juarez area
Enchanted Rock,Precambrian granite batholith.
Permian Reef Complex, Guadalupe and Delaware Mountains, New Mexico-West
Hill Country, Igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic processes.
A Virtual Field Trip to Sites of Geologic Interest in the Houston
Llano Uplift, Granites and contact metamorphism.
Coals of Webb County (Claiborne Group, Eocene) and Lignites of
Atascosa County (Jackson Group, Eocene)
Mesozoic Geology of Texas, major reference with map, stratigraphic
details, formation names etc.
Utah, Geology Field
Basic geology of Bryce Canyon National Park
Cottonwod Canyon, Precambrian clastic sedimentology and stratigraphy
Deformation at Grandeur Peak
Dry Creek Canyon to Red Butte Gardens
Geology Field Trip Henry Mountains and Capitol Reef .
Trail guidewith the geology emphasized to Rock Canyon near Provo.
Monument Valley, Learn to make geological deductions from field
Wasatch Range, Thrust sheet with maps and figures.
Geology and structure of Upheaval Dome, San Juan County, Utah:
Salt or Impact Structure?
Fluorspar, beryllium, and uranium deposits at Spor Mountain, Western
Extent of the Surficial Cretaceous Rocks in Utah, map
Some Basic Green Mountain Geology
Fossils of the Champlain
Chazy Reef of Isle Lamotte
Champlain Thrust, Lone Rock
Belvidere Mountain, Eden
The Danville/ St. Johnsbury
The Montpelier Quadrangle
West, The Formation of the West Virginia Hills and Its Wealth
Mount St. Helens, Road guide to volcanic deposits.
Mount St. Helens Vicinity - Points of Interest along the Spirit
Lake Memorial Highway
Geology of North Cascades National Park Three Virtual Field Trips
Indian Heaven Volcanic Field.
Eruptive history, road log, Mt. Rainier, Washington
Fidalgo Island, just west of Mount Vernon, Ophiolite sequence
Geology of Southeastern Washington
Illinois, Silurian reefs, palaeoenvironmental reconstruction,
sedimentology and palaeontology
Michegan, Midcontinent rift system, stratigraphy, structure and
Portage County, Tomorrow River, Modern fluvial processes.
Geology of Rib Mountain
Lazeart Syncline and Darby Thrust, Structural geology
Geology of Grand Teton National Park