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oduction to Field Trip I had several objectives in mind when I prepared this field trip. I want to develop in you an interest, an understanding, and an appreciation of geology of the region. I want to show you differences between three of the basic physiographic provinces within Appalachia, the Low Plateau, the High Plateau, and the Appalachian Mountain Section of the Valley and Ridge Province. I also want to show you the role that the kinds and structures of the underlying rocks plays in the formation of the topography of a region in order to have you better understand why the appearance of the land changes as you travel about the country. During the trip, you will also see excellent examples of the process of weathering as well as the erosive power of streams. The trip will visit several tourist areas and, in addition to their scenic beauty, you will learn that they represent excellent examples of important geologic features.

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