The 54th American Institute of Professional Geologists National Conference will be held in Music City, USA, also known as Nashville, Tennessee, from September 23rd through 26th. Be sure to save the date so you don’t miss a note of “Music City Rocks – Geology in the Past, Present, and Future”. The Tennessee section is co-hosting the meeting and we invite you to come and explore the diverse geology our region has to offer, along with participating in the technical sessions that provide opportunities to present and learn from experts in various geology and geoscience fields. Geology has shaped the history of the Tennessee-Kentucky area, continues to provide present day resources, and prepares us for tomorrow’s challenges. Come explore a region that includes the Great Smoky Mountains in east Tennessee and travel to the top of Tennessee at Clingmans Dome or enjoy the miles of hiking trails that include a portion of the Appalachian Trail. Take in an active archeology site where fossils of tapir, tortoise, and rhinoceros have been discovered at the Gray Fossil Site in the folded and faulted Valley and Ridge Province in East Tennessee. Experience the sharp relief of the Cumberland Plateau resulting from the hard, erosion-resistant Pennsylvanian aged sandstone at The Big South Fork Recreation Area with its numerous sandstone arches. As you continue to move west across Tennessee, you will drop into the central basin where you can explore the karst features of the area. Further to the west is the Gulf Coastal Plain including the Mississippi River valley as well as the New Madrid seismic zone.
Although the diverse geology across the state offers numerous opportunities for adventure, Nashville has attractions for the entire family. Visit the Corvette museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky and continue your visit to the bluegrass with a stop at Mammoth Cave. Explore the local civil war battlefields in the area including sites in Murfreesboro and Franklin, Tennessee. Take a tour of the “Mother Church of Country Music” at the Ryman Auditorium and then walk down to Broadway to experience the music side of Music City and maybe see the next big star. The planning committee looks forward to welcoming you to Music City in September.
J. Todd McFarland, CPG-11348
AIPG Tennessee Section President
2017 TN Conference Chairman