2013 Geoconclave Competition Report

The 2013 Tennessee Geoconclave Competition was held Sept 27-29 at Fall Creek Falls State Park. This year’s host was Austin Peay State University (APSU), and five undergraduate programs attended: TTU, APSU, UT (Knox), UT (Martin) and MTSU.

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In the academic portion of the event, the following Tech students participated: (1) Phillip Roberson (Fossil ID); (2) Brandon Page (Mineral and Rock ID, Geocaching); (3) Andrew Eagar (Geologic Maps, Geocaching); (4) Audrey Pattat (Structural Geology – Field Exercise); and (5) Claire Brown (Pace and Compass).

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Phillip Roberson carefully identifies fossils in the morning academic competitions.

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Andrew Eagar competes in the geologic maps exercise.

Several Tech students participated in the physical events of rock hammer throwing and geode rolling: Alex Burton, Lori Shelton, Joel Laine, Kolby Demers, Cole Conger, Brock Rust, Tyler Riggle and Ryan Gardner.

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Claire Brown sends a rock hammer flying in one of the afternoon’s events.

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Cole Conger strikes a bowling pose as he competes in the geode roll.

After several lively rounds of Rock Bowl Saturday evening, final points were tallied and the winner was announced…

IMG_6139Congratulations to Austin Peay State University on winning the 2013 Geoconclave Competition!

The TTU Earth Science Department salutes APSU’s conclave victory and looks forward to another spirited competition next fall.

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