Motlow State Community College Geology Research

Professor Lisa Mayo, Dr. Robert Loeb and Dr. Doug Heffington on March 10th, 2015. Pix by S.Ward

Professor Lisa Mayo, Dr. Robert Loeb and Dr. Doug Heffington on March 10th, 2015. Pix by S.Ward

The purpose of research efforts by Motlow State Community College’s Associate Professor Lisa Herring Mayo and her geology students is to locate and identify geological outcrops within the Natural Area in effort to establish the unique geology and its importance to, and influence on, the historical settlement of the area.  This research complements historical, cultural, and biological research being conducted in the park.

The goal of Motlow’s research is to better understand humans and their relationships with Radnor’s natural environment temporally and spatially.  The physical landscape is essential to that understanding because it is the hills, the soils, and the geology which first drew settlers to these small valleys. Motlow’s research will be conducted from November, 2015, through October, 2016, with Motlow students examining geological strata in situ as well as collecting, identifying, and cataloguing small hand samples to use for interpretive purposes at the park’s visitor’s center.

Special emphasis will be placed on the development of a possible geological display and the publication of a geological trail map for hikers in the natural area.

Motlow State Community College Professor Lisa Mayo and her students on a geology study at Radnor Lake

Motlow State Community College Professor Lisa Mayo and her students on a geology study at Radnor Lake