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Geologic Mapping

Division: Div C – High School

NC Essential Standards Alignment:

Event Rules: See the National rule manual

Event Score Sheet: None

National Event Page: Here

Required Materials: Writing Utensil

Clarifications: None


This event is typically run as either a station event or a sit-down test. Teams will be presented with data, charts/graphs, pictures or diagrams and/or written descriptions. Teams will then be asked to answer questions, perform calculations, and otherwise solve the tasks they are given. Teams may also be asked to draw conclusions and predict likely future occurrences based on historical information. Teams will demonstrate understanding in the construction and use of topographic maps, geologic maps, and cross sections, and their use in forming interpretations regarding subsurface structures and past depositional environments.


Each team may bring one 2″ or smaller, three-ring binder containing information in any form and from any source attached using the available rings. If the event features a rotation through a series of laboratory stations in which the participants interact with samples, specimens, or displays, no material may be removed from the binder while at or in-between laboratory stations. Each participant may bring one protractor, one ruler, one set of colored pencils, and one stand-alone non-programmable, non-graphing calculator. State and National participants may have one geologic compass per team. 


High score wins. Points are awarded for quality and accuracy of answers. Predetermined questions will be used as tiebreakers.

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Event Resources:

Nearpod Geologic Mapping Test 
Nearpod Geologic Mapping Test Answers
2019 Regional Test

Geological Mapping 2018 Coaches Clinic Presentation (2019 rules)