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Geoscience Education

Attention: 2018-2019 Earthquake Education Workshops 

      Find more information here
      Register by Oct. 9, 2018 for Winston-Salem
      Register by Oct. 31, 2018 for Asheville

New for the 2018 N.C. Science Festival: Have you ever eaten a rock? Geology in Food and Drink
The festival theme this year is the “Science of Food and Drink.”

100th Anniversary of the Largest Earthquake Centered in North Carolina

2017 N.C. Outstanding Earth Science Teacher & Outstanding Earth Science Educator Award Winners

N.C. Science Teacher's Association Professional Development Institute

Earthquakes in North Carolina

For Teachers

Why Geology Matters




Geology of State Parks and 

other Public Lands

Interactive Maps

Education Resources

  • U.S. Geological Survey offers an online collection of resources to support teaching, learning, education (K-12) and university-level inquiry and research. Discover a wealth of curricular ideas, scientific data, maps, books, lessons, and other resources to support earth science, biology, geography, and hydrology. This four-page informational brochure contains selected online resources to support teaching, learning, education (K-12) and university-level inquiry and research. For more information, contact the USGS Science Information and Library Services at 1-888-ASK-USGS.  

  • The Generalized Geologic Map of North Carolina (11"x17", 1991) is a two-sided download. The front shows the color-coded geology complete with a legend of basic geologic rock types. The back provides an overview of the physiographic provinces, general geology and the geologic time scale as it relates to North Carolina. This map is based on the 1985 Geologic Map of North Carolina (1:500,000-scale; 42x68 inch).

  • 1985 Geologic Map of North Carolina - Interactive Geologic Map hosted by the US Geological Survey.  The paper plot of this map is at 1:500,000-scale; 42x68 inch.  This map shows more detail than the Generalized Geologic Map of North Carolina available above.



Contact Us

Send questions about earth science education to Randy Bechtel, education outreach geologist with the N.C. Geological Survey. We encourage students to send in questions but we will not write reports or answer test questions. This is not a substitute for studying or library research.