America's Volcanic Past
|"Though few people in the United States may actually experience an erupting volcano, the evidence for earlier volcanism is preserved in many rocks of North America. Features seen in volcanic rocks only hours old are also present in ancient volcanic rocks, both at the surface and buried beneath younger deposits." -- Excerpt from: Brantley, 1994|
Volcanic Highlights and Features:
|[NOTE: This list is just a sample of various South Carolina features or events and is by no means inclusive. All information presented here was gathered from other online websites and each excerpt is attributed back to the original source. Please use those sources in referencing any information on this webpage, and please visit those websites for more information on the Geology of South Carolina.]|
The Atlantic Plain:3
The Atlantic Plain is the flattest of the provinces. It stretches over 2,200 miles in length from Cape Cod to the Mexican border and southward another 1000 miles to the Yucatan Peninsula. The Atlantic plain slopes gently seaward from the inland highlands in a series of terraces. This gentle slope continues far into the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico, forming the continental shelf. This region was born during the breakup of the supercontinent Pangea in the early Mesozoic Era.
East Coast Volcanoes:4
North Central South Carolina:1
|South Carolina's Volcanic Rocks|
South Carolina's Granite
as a Crushed Stone Industry:2
Aiken County ... Anderson County ... Cherokee County ... Chesterfield County ... Fairfield County ... Greenville County ... Greenwood County ... Lancaster County ... Laurens County ... Lexington County ... Ocoee County ... Pickens County ... Richland County ... Spartanburg County ...
South Carolina's Dimension Stone (Granite)
as an Industry:2
Kershaw County ...
1) Generalized Geologic Map of South Carolina, 1997, Map of Structural Features of South Carolina, 1998, and Geologic Time Table for South Carolina, South Carolina Geological Survey Website, July 2001;
2) South Carolina Geological Survey Website, July 2001
3) USGS/NPS Geology in the Parks Website, September 2001
4) Sandra H.B. Clark, Birth of the Mountains: The Geologic Story of the Southern Appalachian Mountains: USGS General Interest Publication
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