Dr. Tindall's Research

Field Projects in Pennsylvania
Overview:

The geology of Pennsylvania is fascinating, complex, and largely hidden by forests, fields, and development.  The more I read about Pennsylvania's bedrock structure and tectonic history, and discuss it with other geologists, the more I encounter bewildering questions.  My students and I have begun to explore new ways to contribute to interpreting Pennsylvania's complicated geologic story.
Strain in the Tamaqua syncline

 Brandon Stickler presented his research at a Geological Society of America meeting in Lancaster, PA in 2014:

 

Stickler, Brandon and Tindall, Sarah, 2014, Comparison of different methods of strain analysis within the Tamaqua Syncline, central Pennsylvania: Abstracts with Programs – Geological  Society of America, v. 46, no. 2, p. 67.

Reading Prong - a billion years of structure and tectonics

Kelly Morgano (class of 2016) is using orientation and overprinting of brittle and ductile structures in the Antietam Reservoir outcrop to distinguish signatures of multiple phases of deformation.  Her work is still in progress!
Sinkholes, pedogenic slickenlines, shear zones, and other topics

Several students are starting local, field- and lab-based projects on a wide range of research problems.  As with all new, original research, we don't yet know the answers, but a lot of learning happens along the way.  Check back for updates...
     
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