ETGS/AIPG Newsletter

MARCH 2000





In this issue...
ETGS/AIPG March Meeting
March Presentation
February Meeting Summary
February Presentation Summary
Thanks to Our Speakers and Trip Leaders
Comments from the Secretary
Name the Newsletter
Upcoming (Potential) Fieldtrips
AIPG 2000 Annual Meeting
Remaining Geoogy seminars at UT
Upcoming Special Seminars at UT
Other Cool Stuff from the Members
Contact Information


Monday, March 6, 2000
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

IT Corporation
Conference Rooms C1-C4
312 Directors Drive Knoxville



Tom Zondlo
IT Corporation


Applications of Thermal Infrared Surveys at Redstone Arsenal

A thermal infrared survey was conducted as the first step of a sitewide karst hydrogeologic investigation at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama. This presentation summarizes the objectives, methodology and results of this component of the sitewide investigation. The survey proved very successful with nearly 1400 thermal anomalies identified within the 40,000-acre study area. The survey results provided the basis for two subsequent rounds of field reconnaissance in which nearly 900 springs and seeps were confirmed. The success of this effort resulted from use of state-of-the-art technology and careful planning and coordination to optimize the flyover for the hydrologic system under investigation. The applications and limitations of this method are discussed within the context of examples from the Redstone case study.

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by Tony Tingle

Last month’s meeting was held February 7 at Ryan’s Family Steak House in West Knoxville. Dr. Gary Jacobs was unable to present his talk on Natural and Accelerated Bioremediation Research (NABIR) due to illness. Thanks to Brian Murray and Dr. David Watson for the last-minute adjustments to the presentation schedule, as David presented Dr. Jacobs information on the NABIR. We hope Dr. Jacobs is feeling better. A summary of David’s presentation is provided later in this issue.

Discussions about future field trips narrowed the field of possibilities down to one. The front runner is a bicycle ride down the Virginia Creeper Trail with stops along the way to view the stratigraphy. Thanks to Dr. Byerly for providing information on the Virginia Creeper Trail and the USGS paper on the Konarock Formation.

J.J. Hollars promoted the idea of providing a "teaching set" of materials for any ETGS members that volunteer for local schools. The informal discussion on the topic resulted in J.J. spearheading this task.

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by Tony Tingle

A presentation on Natural and Accelerated Bioremediation Research (NABIR) was provided by Dr. David Watson of Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). NABIR, a Department of Energy Program, funds research on in situ subsurface bioremediation of radionuclides and metals. David summarized current and past research examples and indicated that future emphasis will be on field studies. The field aspect of the program is of local importance since a Field Research Center (FRC) is to be selected, and Oak Ridge is a candidate location. The goals of NABIR were summarized and the proposed FRC at Oak Ridge was presented.

A full abstract of the presentation can be found in the February Newsletter. ETGS would like to thank Dr. Gary Jacobs and Dr. David Watson for their time and for a job well done.

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by J. Brad Stephenson

During each of our monthly meetings and periodic field trips, an invited speaker presents information about current research, a field project, or some other issue of relevance to geologists in East Tennessee. The presentation is the heart of the meeting or trip, providing us with opportunities to stay abreast of technical and professional trends in the geosciences.

ETGS recognizes that considerable time and effort are required to prepare and deliver these presentations. In the past, covering the cost of the speaker’s participation (meal, rafting fee, etc.) was about the best we could do. Thanks to increased membership and decreased costs, we are now able to provide a small token of our appreciation to each speaker and trip leader.

Following discussion among this year’s officers, copies of two books were acquired for presentation as thank-you gifts: A Roadside Guide to the Geology of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and A Geologic Trip Across Tennessee by Interstate 40. Each speaker and trip leader during 2000 will receive a copy of one of these books. These books make very nice gifts and are suitable for geologists and non-geologists.

Each book has been autographed by the author, noted local geologist and ETGS member Harry L. Moore. ETGS thanks Harry Moore for his assistance in obtaining and autographing these books!

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Join/Renew Now to be Included in the ETGS 2000 Directory!

by Seaira Stephenson

It’s that time of year again! We are updating the ETGS database and preparing an updated Membership Directory. The directory will include the name, business address, business phone/fax numbers, and e-mail addresses of all ETGS members. It will be a useful resource for networking with your colleagues. All current ETGS members will receive a copy of the Membership Directory later this spring.

Don’t be left out! If you have not already done so, please renew your membership now. Dues remain a bargain at just $15 per individual, $20 per couple, and $5 per student. Encourage a colleague to join as well. Be sure to complete the Membership Information form available online at (Forms are also be available at each meeting.) Bring the completed form to the next meeting with your dues, or mail them to

PO Box 6193
Oak Ridge, TN 37831-6193

Whether you join or renew at the meeting or by mail, please complete a membership form so that we can keep the society’s records updated. In particular, please make sure we have at least one current e-mail address.

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and Win a Free Membership for 2001!

by J. Brad Stephenson and Tony Tingle

We are still accepting nominations for naming the ETGS/AIPG Newsletter. Suggest the winning name and receive a free, one-year ETGS membership!

Although we have received a number of good suggestions, they are all from the same person. This is your chance to leave your creative mark for years to come. Please e-mail your suggestions to J. Brad Stephenson Submit as many titles as you like. The first person to nominate any particular title will get the credit if it is the winner. We will keep track of the suggestions and let you know immediately if any have already been submitted.

Good luck!

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We Need YOUR Input

By Tony Tingle

A stratigraphic tour along the Virginia Creeper Trail remains the lone suggestion for the Spring/Summer field trip. The proposed trip would be an almost-all-downhill ride as long or as short as we would like to make it. A shuttle service would be used to transport the group to a high point (near Whitetop Station, Virginia) for the downhill ride towards Damascus. The Virginia Creeper starts in Abingdon and ends just east of Whitetop Station. The total length is 33.4 miles. It began as a Native American footpath and became part of the Virginia-Carolina Railroad system in 1907. Now it serves as a multi-use recreation trail. For more info, see or Accomondations near the trail range from the elegant Martha Washington Inn in Abington to primative camping in the National Forest. More information on bicycle rental, shuttle rates, and lodging will be forthcoming.

Suggestions for the an autumn field trip should be directed to Tony Tingle at Dates for the Spring/Summer field trip will be discussed at the March meeting.

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The practice of geology has evolved dramatically during the lasts decades of the 20th Century. The AIPG Annual Meeting to be held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on 12 and 13 October 2000, presents an opportunity to highlight the lessons learned and speculate on what may, or should, be important as the profession of geology enters the next millennium. The practice of geology has also evolved to encompass problems that include the expertise of other professionals and interests of diverse stakeholders. Interdisciplinary participation is therefore encouraged. Abstracts for presentations are requested in 6 topic areas:

Suburban Growth and the Fate of Extractive Industries Geology's Role in Property Transfers and Brownfield Development New Techniques in Subsurface Investigations Environmental Corrective Action Slope Stability Geology Education for the Next 10 Years Abstracts of 300 words or less (1 page) are due by 13 May 2000. Presenters will be notified and provided with instructions for presentations by 7 July 2000. Please include the name, address, telephone number, fax number and e-mail address of the presenting author. Abstracts can be submitted electronically to the AIPG Wisconsin Section ( or to the Program Chairperson (

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