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Tarleton Geological Society

Welcome to the Tarleton Geological Society web page.   We are located in Stephenville, Texas on the campus of Tarleton State University, in the new Science building.  There will be events throughout the year listed on the calendar.  Feel free to search the site, contact us if you wish and hopefully learn a little in the process.

Our Officers

President:  Brandi Allen

Vice President:  Peggy Neill

Secretary:  Andy Fraser

Club Advisors:  Beth Rinard  &  Carol Thompson

What Is Geology?

The king of sciences is supposedly mathematics; or physics or astronomy depending on the century. (They've also been called the queen of sciences, but both kings and queens are sovereigns so the two terms are really the same.) These disciplines are all OK as far as they go. But geology--the study of Earth, its substances, shapes, processes and history--makes all other sciences work for the common good on our common planet. The farther we take a geological question, the more other sciences come into play. That makes geology the greatest unifying science.

If you bring up the subject of geology, the first thing people say is "Oh yeah, rocks." But rocks are not just stones--rocks are stories. Professor Jim Hawkins, at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, tells his classes something even better: "Rocks are money!" 

Subfields of Geology

• Climatology

• Paleontology

• Geophysics

• Glaciology

• Geo-Hazards

• Mineralogy

• Petrology

• Seismology

• Volcanology

 Tarleton Geological Society

Box T-0540

Stephenville, Tx 76402

Description: The Spanish Peaks, on the eastern flank of the Sangre de Cristo range, abruptly rise 7,000 feet above the western Great Plains. Settlers, treasure hunters, trappers, gold and silver miners have long sighted on these prominent landmarks along the Taos branch of the Santa Fe trail. Well before the westward migration, the mountains figured in the legends and history of the Ute, Apache, Comanche, and earlier tribes. "Las Cumbres Españolas" are also mentioned in chronicles of exploration by Spaniards including Ulibarri in 1706 and later by de Anza, who eventually founded San Francisco (California)

Picture Below Description: In 1999, an American Museum of Natural History expedition used Landsat images like this one to locate a new site of dinosaur and early mammal fossils in Mongolia's Gobi Desert. With Landsat 5 and 7 data the scientists can identify areas comprised of sedimentary rocks where vegetation is sparse, requirements for good fossil sites. The high-resolution images also improve upon the poor previously-existing maps of the area.