Geology workshop at Watoga
Geologist Kenneth Ashton, with the West Virginia Geological and Economic Survey, gave a tour of the geology of Watoga State Park on July 20. Ashton explained that rocks get younger in West Virginia as you travel from east to west and the group saw examples during the outing. In the photo, Ashton displays a sandstone rock with ripple marks (indicating shallow water flow), from the younger Hampshire formation, in the western area of the park. The group also examined the older Chemung strata farther east, which contains deep water limestone, shale, sandstone and marine fossils.