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Wyoming
Images from my recent visits to Branson Field Lab, near Lander, WY.



Costa Rica, 2013
Images from our 2013 field trip (Geology 4960) to Costa Rica.


Desert SW, 2012
6-min. video (1280x720, 500 MB, .mov) from our 2012 field trip (GEOL 4960) to the Basin and Range and the Colorado plateau (AZ, CA, NV, UT)



Costa Rica, 2011
Images from our 2011 field trip (Geology 4960) to Costa Rica.


Desert SW, 2010
Images from our 2010 field trip (Geology 4960) to the Basin and Range and the Colorado Plateau (AZ, CA, NV, UT).



Costa Rica, 2009
Images from our 2009 field trip (Geology 4960) to Costa Rica.


Desert SW, 2008
Images from our 2008 field trip (Geology 4960) to the Basin and Range and the Colorado Plateau (AZ, CA, NV, UT).

Costa Rica, 2007

Desert SW, 2006

Costa Rica, 2005

Desert SW, 2004

Pacific Northwest

Costa Rica, 2003

Desert southwest, USA
Images from 1994 to 2002 field trips (Geology 4960) to to the Basin and Range and the Colorado Plateau (AZ, CA, NV, UT).

Costa Rica, Central America
Images from 1993 to 2001 field trips (Geology 4960) to Costa Rica.

Southern Appalachians, USA
Images from field trips related to Geology 4510 and 4520.


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Geologic organizations

American Geological Institute

American Geophysical Union

Geological Society of America

Visit my alma maters

University of North Carolina

University of New Hampshire

Miscellaneous

Mount Washington

Mies World Headquarters

Jonathan W. Mies

Robert Lake Wilson
Professor of Geology

  • Structural Geology
  • Tectonics
  • Mineralogy
  • X-ray Diffraction
  • Hydrology

 



Contact information

Department of Physics, Geology and Astronomy, MC 6556
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Chattanooga, TN 37403-2598

Phone: 423-425-4606
Fax: 423-425-4423
E-mail: Jonathan-Mies@utc.edu
Web page: http://www.utc.edu/Faculty/Jonathan-Mies


Education

Ph.D. Geology 1990 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
M.S. Geology 1987 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
B.S. Geology 1981 University of New Hampshire


Teaching

I routinely teach the following courses:

Geology 1110
Physical Geology

Geology 4070
The Dynamic Earth (w/links for e'quakes and volcanoes)

Geology 4420
X-Ray Diffraction Methods

Geology 4450
Hydrology

Geology 4510
Structural Geology

Geology 4520
Field Methods in Structural Geology
Geology 4800
Geology Seminar

Geology 4900
Senior Seminar

Geology 4960
Geology Field Experience (desert southwest or Costa Rica)

I am no no longer maintaining web pages for these classes, other than UTC's online course delivery system, Blackboard (requires UTCID and password).


Selected Publications and Recent Abstracts

Mies, J. W., Holmes, A. E., and Churnet, H. G., 2014, The Costa Rican field experience at UTC: 20 years in the making. Geol. Soc. Am. Abs. with Prog. v. 46, n. 6, p. 47.

Howard, C. W., Mies, J. W., Bodkin, T. E., and Brackett, D. G., 2011, Bentonite-controlled deformation of Middle Ordovician limestone at Chickamauga Dam, Chattanooga, Tennessee. Geol. Soc. Am. Abs. with Prog. v. 43, n. 5, p. 99.

Howard, C. W. (student), and Mies, J. W., 2008, Mineralogy and structural setting of the middle Ordovician T3 bentonite at Chickamauga Dam, Chattanooga, Tennessee. Geol. Soc. Am. Abs. with Prog. v. 40, n. 4, p. 61.

Bodkin, T. E., and Mies, J. W., 2008, X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis of human cremains and concrete. American Academy of Forensic Science 60th Anniversary Scientific Meeting, February 18-23, 2008, Washington, DC.

Mies, J. W., 2006, Visualization of folds using custom-generated digital elevation models. Geol. Soc. Am. Abs. with Prog. v. 38, n. 3.

Mies, J. W., and Holmes, A. E., 2005, Workshop for middle school teachers of earth science in southeastern Tennessee: ingredients for success. Geol. Soc. Am. Abs. with Prog. v. 37, n. 2, p. 8.

Jackson, B. J. (student), and Mies, J. W., 2004, Structural analysis of fold-related joints in McLemore Cove, Walker Co., northwest Georgia. Geol. Soc. Am. Abs. with Prog. v. 36, n. 2, p. 103.

Mies, J. W., 2003, X-ray diffraction taught as a one-hour supplement to a traditional mineralogy course. Geol. Soc. Am. Abs. with Prog. v. 35, n. 1, p. 65.

Smith, R. R. (student), Holmes, A. E., and Mies, J. W., 2003, Sedimentalogical controls on faunal changes in the Silurian Rockwood Formation, southeastern Tennessee. Geol. Soc. Am. Abs. with Prog. v. 35, n. 1, p. 25.

Ingram, C. Michelle (student), Mies, J. W. & Beene-Crowder, A. Kendall (student). 2002. Determination of groundwater flux for South Chickamauga Creek in Ringgold Gap, Catoosa County, Georgia. Geol. Soc. Am. Abs. with Prog. v. 34, n. 2.

Ponds, Dewayne. A. (student) & Mies, J. W. 2002. Deformation features in Chattanooga Shale, near Chattanooga, Tennessee. Geol. Soc. Am. Abs. with Prog. v. 34, n. 2.

Mies, J. W. 2002. Integrating powder X-ray diffraction into an undergraduate geology curriculum. American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition, June 16-19, 2002, Montreal, Quebec Canada.

Ponds, Dewayne. A. (student), Mies, J. W. & Schneider, Max F. (student). 2001. Reinterpretation of structures in the hanging wall of the Chattanooga fault, near Chattanooga, Tennessee. Geol. Soc. Am. Abs. with Prog. v. 33, n. 2, p. 66.

Steltenpohl, M. G., Hames, W. E., Kunk, M. J. & Mies, J. W. 2001. 40Ar/39Ar data from the western Blue Ridge and their implications for timing of metamorphism. Geol. Soc. Am. Abs. with Prog. v. 33, n. 2, p. 6.

Mies, J. W. 2000. Structural analysis of joints across the Valley and Ridge and the Cumberland Plateau, southeastern Tennessee. Geol. Soc. Am. Abs. with Prog. v 32, n. 2, p. 62.

Mies, J. W. 1998. A geomechanical model for postorogenic fold-axis-parallel extension and its control on cross-fold joints. Geol. Soc. Am. Abs. with Prog. v. 30, n. 7, p. 62.

Mies, J. W. 1996. Automated digital compilation of structural symbols. Journal of Geological Education v. 44, p. 539-548.

Mies, J. W. 1995. Simple methods for rapid determination of lattice-preferred orientation in two dimensions. Journal of Geological Education v. 43, p. 6-10.

Mies, J. W. 1993. Structural analysis of sheath folds in the Sylacauga Marble Group, Talladega slate belt, southern Appalachians. Journal of Structural Geology v.15, n. 8, p. 983-993.

Mies, J. W. & Steltenpohl, M. G. 1993. Microstructures and quartz crystallographic fabric in the Hollis Quartzite, Pine Mountain window, Lee County, Alabama. Alabama Geological Survey Circular 172, Tuscaloosa, 43 p.

Mies, J. W. 1991. Planar dispersion of folds in ductile shear zones and kinematic interpretation of fold hinge girdles. Journal of Structural Geology v. 13, n. 3, p. 281-297.


Workshop for Middle School Teachers of Earth Science in Southeastern Tennessee

 Funded by THEC

Ann E. Holmes and Jonathan W. Mies

Click here to learn more about the workshop and access to workshop products.



Building Stones of Downtown Chattanooga, a 63 page booklet by the late "Rock" Wilson, provides detailed descriptions of building stones at 39 downtown locations. The booklet also provides an overview of igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks, the stone industry, and the geology of the Chattanooga area.

Click here (or on the graphic, left) to learn more about the booklet and to download the digital version (pdf files).



Videos


Desert SW, 2012

Video of our 2012 trip to the Basin and Range and the Colorado Plateau. (6 minutes, 1280 x 720, 500 MB, .mov)
Smaller, 480 x 272, 40-MB version of same video (.m4v)



Desert SW, 2010
Excerpts from a student's video featuring our visits to Frenchman Mountain, Resting Springs Pass, Warm Springs (Death Valley), Turtlebacks, San Francisco Volcanic Field, Grand Canyon, Capitol Reef, Book Cliffs, Bryce Canyon, and Zion. (13 minutes, 720 x 540, 280 MB, .m4v)

Exfoliation of vermiculite at 900 degrees C, featuring "Big Bertha"

This sloth, Lenny, shared our cabina in Cahuita, Costa Rica. Video by Chris Vernon.
Click on image to view video.

Personal Interests

When I'm not at work or in the field, I enjoy sailing, working on the house or in the yard, or tinkering with my vintage sports car ('67 Alpine). I also have a lingering interest in peculiar steam locomotives.
Click on image to view video.

Sailing close-hauled in F3-F4 on Lake Chickamauga in my Lightning.

This is a short video showing details of my Series V Alpine.