The Geology of the North Carolina Mountains

The rocks that underlie North Carolina tell a story of almost 2 billion years of Earth history spanning the forming of two super continents, multiple rifting events, and the collision of multiple terranes. The mountains of North Carolina are home to the State’s oldest rocks that record the early history of the ancient North American continent (Laurentia) from its incorporation into the supercontinent Rodinia and its subsequent breakup.

To explore and learn more about the geology of North Carolina and its long and sometimes violent geologic history

click on the map below.

Other Geologic Educational Experiences in the Mountains.

Chris Bagley (undergraduate student from Appalachian State University) assisted with the development of the layout and design, banner, and other graphics of the website through the Appalachian State University's Dean of Arts and Science's Summer Research Stipend.