CONTACT: Dr. Ed Crisp, professor of geology and physical
A WVU Parkersburg student and two faculty members are authors of
an abstract which will be presented at the Geological Society of
America Northeastern/Southeastern joint section meeting in
Baltimore March 13-16.
The abstract is authored by WVU
Parkersburg student Drexel L. Perry III; Ed Crisp, WVU
Parkersburg professor of geology, and Dwayne D. Stone, professor
emeritus at Marietta College.
Title of the abstract is "Paleoenvironmental Inferences Based
on Fossils and Lithology of an Outcrop of the Upper
Pennsylvanian Ames Member of the Glenshaw Formation (Conemaugh
Group), Southeastern Ohio."
The abstract's technical presentation will be delivered as a
poster paper session and Perry will serve as the presenter.
A native of Lowell, Ohio, Perry is a business finance major and
plans to graduate in December 2010. He was involved in the
abstract development as part of an honors project for a physical
The abstract involves results of a study concentrated on an
outcrop in Noble County near Dudley, Ohio that consists of basal dark gray, fossiliferous
shale overlain of light to medium gray, fossiliferous limestone
The Upper Pennsylvanian Ames Member of the Glenshaw Formation
outcrops in several counties in southeastern Ohio. The evidence presented by several recent
studies suggests a relatively rapid transgressive-regressive cyclothemic sequence deposited by the
Midcontinent Sea across this area in response to glacial-eustatic
sea level changes. Faunal analysis of the dark
gray shale indicates that the shale represents a marine offshore lithofacies containing fossils indicative of an environment that had
dysaerobic bottom conditions.
The joint meeting of GSA’s Northeastern and
Southeastern Sections will be hosted by representatives from
the Department of Geology at the College of William & Mary,
the Department of Geology at Dickinson College, the
Department of Geoscience at Indiana University of
Pennsylvania, the U.S. Geological Survey, the Department of
Geology and Environmental Science at James Madison
University, the Pennsylvania Geological Survey, the
Department of Geology and Environmental
Sciences at the College of Charleston, the Department of
Earth Science at Penn State–Brandywine, and the Department of Geology
at West Chester University.
Also in conjunction with this meeting are
meetings of the Eastern Section, SEPM (Society for
Sedimentary Geology); the Northeastern and Southeastern
sections of the Paleontological Society; the Northeast and
Southeast Regions of the Association for Women Geoscientists
(AWG); the Geology Division of the Council on Undergraduate
Research (CUR); and the Eastern, New England, and
Southeastern Sections of the National Association of
Geoscience Teachers (NAGT).