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).


Phillip Roberson carefully identifies fossils in the morning academic competitions.


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.


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


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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