RANDY L. KATH, P.G., Ph.D.
Professor of Geology
Department of Geosciences
The State University of West Georgia
Carrollton, Georgia 30118
Office: Callaway G8
Tel: (678) 839-4063
Fax: (678) 839-4071
The adjacent pictures were taken from the top of Kilimanjaro, Uhuru Peak (19340 ft.MSL, 5896 m.MSL) during the summer of 1997. We started off with a group of 26 climbers and 6 made it to the top (plus 1 guide). This was one of the most challenging events of my life. Additionally, I collected a complete suite of rocks from the mountain to torment the Petrology class and to share my geologic experiences of the climb with present and future geology and non-geology students.
KATH'S CORNER- Dr. Kath's personal applications, course related material, and research projects.
Ph.D. Geology, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Rapid City, South Dakota: Mineralogy and Petrology of the Homestake Iron Formation: Conditions and Assemblages of Metamorphism, P-T Paths, Fluid Evolution, and Gold Mineralization (1990)
MS Geology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee: Petrology of the Contact Metamorphic Rocks Beneath the Stillwater Complex, Montana: Conditions and Assemblages of Metamorphism (1986)
BS Geology, West Georgia College, Carrollton, Georgia (1984)
- Puerto Rico
Areas of Interest and Current Projects:
Geology and Hydrogeology-
Due to the increasing demand for water by private, industrial, and municipalities, the Bays Springs Middle School and the State University of West Georgia, Department of Geology have implemented a hydrogeologic research station on the campus of the Bay Springs Middle School, Carroll County, Georgia.. The research station has been designed to help delineate groundwater flow in igneous and metamorphic rocks of the Georgia Piedmont and Blue Ridge Provinces and to help promote an understanding of groundwater availability for private, industrial and municipal usage. In addition, groundwater developed from the research station is used as the primary source for irrigation of the athletic fields at the middle school. Additionally, the Bay Springs Hydrogeologic Research Station is used as part of the science programs at the Bay Springs Middle School. Hydrogeologic, geologic, and precipitation data is collected and analyzed by students and faculty at the middle school as well as at the Department of Geology at the University of West Georgia. Data and other information regarding the research station is available at http://www.westga.edu/geology/baysprings
Hydrogeology of Igneous and Metamorphic Rocks in the Piedmont/Blue Ridge Physiographic Province. Click here for a slide show presented at the Georgia Academy of Sciences (Kath and Crawford, 1997). A video (8 MB) to see fractures in a flowing Artesian well on the campus of the State University of West Georgia is available from Dr. Kath. This well was located using techniques developed and presented during the Georgia Academy of Sciences presentation.
Granulite Facies Metamorphism of the Rowland Spring and Red Top Mountain Formations (Pre-Corbin Rocks) in the Allatoona Complex, Allatoona Dam Quadrangle, Georgia. See Kath and Crawford (1996).
Quantitative X-Ray Diffraction-
Quantitative X-Ray Diffraction using the Reference Intensity Ratio method (RIM). As part of using the RIM, a MS Excel spreadsheet/database was developed to analyze the x-ray results. This spreadsheet/database can be used for both fixed-slit and theta-compensating diffraction units. For more information regarding the use and availability of the software, please go to the following html document (X-Ray Lab).
- Corundum Knob, North Carolina (with John E. Collins, Jr.). Click here for a slide show presented at the Georgia Academy of Sciences (Collins and Kath, 1998).
- State University of West Georgia, Thomas J. Crawford Hydrogeologic Research Station (with Kelly J. Patten). Click here for a slide show presented at the Georgia Academy of Sciences (Patten and Kath, 1998).
- The Allatoona Complex, Cartersville, Georgia (with Karen King). Click here for a slide show presented at the Georgia Academy of Sciences (King and Kath, 1998).
PetroLOGIC Solutions, Inc. Geologic, Geotechnical, and Hydrogeologic Consulting.
Chattahoochee Interceptor Tunnel, Cobb County, Georgia
Projects and Publications-
A complete list of projects and publications are provided in an attached document.
Federal Grant Proposals-
US Geological Survey
- GEOL 1121 Physical Geology (Physical and Tectonic Processes)
- GEOL 1122 Historical Geology (Crustal and Biological Evolution through Time)
- GEOL 3004 Field Geology and Geologic Mapping
- GEOL 3034 Structural Geology (Stress-Strain Relationships and Geometric characterization of Structures)
- GEOL 4054 Economic Geology (Ore Petrology, Ore Forming Processes and Geochemistry of Ore Deposits)
- GEOL 405(x) Geological Problems (Directed Research Problems for Undergraduates)
- GEOL 407(x) Regional Applications in Field Geology (Four Week Summer Field Trip)
- GEOL 4044 Engineering Geology (An introduction to Soil and Rock Mechanics)
Last updated: August 8, 2005 by Randy L. Kath