NGWA Offers Fracture Trace and Lineament Analysis Course

The National Ground Water Association is offering the short course, “Fracture Trace and Lineament Analysis: Application to Ground Water Characterization and Protection,” on Nov. 9-12 in State College, Pa.

The course provides instruction and hands-on training in the skills of identifying bedrock type and mapping fracture traces and lineaments on stereo-pair aerial photographs and appropriate satellite images for investigative site analysis.

The course will provide participants with:

  • Detailed information on the nature and hydrologic significance of fracture trace and lineament-related structures including example geotechnical applications;
  • Recognition criteria to allow you to be able to distinguish from other geological and manmade causes of photolinears;
  • Mapping experiences in the interpretation of aerial photographs and remote sensing images;
  • A means to identify fracture traces and lineaments under a variety of rock types, soil, climatic, and land-use conditions;
  • Photogeologic keys for the recognition of well developed and poorly expressed fracture traces;
  • Useful information on the processing of fracture trace and lineament data; and
  • Information on the use of aerial photographs and images for the identification of soils, glacial and related landforms, and pollutant spills.

A day-long field trip in the surrounding countryside of Penn State University will provide an opportunity to locate and examine field evidence of fracture traces and structures mapped during two class exercises.

The course is best suited to hydrogeologists, environmental consultants, regulatory personnel, and owners of business and industrial facilities.

Instructors are David P. Gold, Ph.D., who has conducted detailed geologic and structural mapping in Canada, Africa, and the United States, and has taught courses in photogeology, remote sensing, and structural geology at Penn State University since 1968; and Richard R. Parizek, Ph.D., who has since 1961 taught hydrogeology, geomorphology, glacial geology, and environmental geology courses at Pennsylvania State University, as well as conducting various workshops and short courses in hydrogeology and remote sensing.

To learn more, visit or call 800.551.7379 (614.898.7791).

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