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My research interests are quite varied. See Publications below.

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  • Display in progress: pictures and phiotographs of work in my research interest.
    Pterogenesis: 
        Imposter unconformity -( compared to other unconformities;   Short notes on Imposter Unconformity)
    • primary origin of rocks

      • igneous: 1,Tumuli2, Blister, 3 Tree mould, 4. Aa & Pahoehoe lava
      • sedimentary (e.g, Suck_Creek_minor_photomosaic; Suck_Creek_minor_trace; Suck_creek_major_trace),
    • secondary alteration of rocks (weatherng, diagenesis, and epigenesis) of rocks and
    • metatmorphism of rocks: 1. slaty cleavage,
  • Metallogenesis, particularly

    • Carbonate-hosted base metals.

  • Deformation and plate tectonics.

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Publications:

Churnet, H. G., 2004. Imposter Unconformity: Part of the Missing and Incomplete Record in Rocks,
Proceedings of the Hawaii International Conference: CD ISSN#1544-3361, p. 44-53.

Churnet, H. G., 2003.  Incomplete and missing record in the Geology of the Tennessee Western Blue Ridge, GSA abstracts with programs, v.35, no.1, p. 14.

Churnet, H. G., 2002. Telethermal overprint on the Paleozoic record of global change of climate at the Tennessee southern Appalachians, GSA abstracts with programs, v. 34, no.2, p.A-10. 

Churnet, H. G., 2001. Implications of Carbon and Oxygen isotopic ratios in Paleozoic chert and host carbonate rocks in the vicinity of Chattanooga, Tennessee, Journal of Tennessee Academy of Science; abs. Tennessee Academy of Science Program of the 109th meeting, P.21.

Churnet, H. G., 2001. Internal Geological Processes: mountain formation; in Encyclopedia of World Geography , Salem Press Pasadena, California, p. 75-77.

Churnet, H. G., 2000. Chert composition in the southern Appalachians Valley and Ridge Province near Chattanooga, Tennessee, GSA. Abstracts with program, Vol.32, No. 2., P.11 .

Churnet, H. G., 1999. Petrology and Petrochemistry of Lowermost Middle Ordovician chert in the vicinity of Chattanooga, Tennessee, Journal of Tennessee Academy of Science; abs. Tennessee Academy of Science Program of the 109th meeting, P.21.

Posey Stacey, Churnet, H.G., and Litchford, Gary, 1999. Seismic interpretation of soil thickness, and surface of bedrock, at the Amnicola Marsh, Chattanooga, Tennessee, Southeastern Section GSA Abstract with programs. V.31, No. 3, p. A-60

Churnet, H. G., 1998. African Rift Valley System in Roger Smith (editor), Magill's Survey of Science: Earth Science Series, Supplement, Salem Press Pasadena, Ca., V.5, p. 2805-2811.

Churnet, H. G., 1997. Seeing Southeastern Geology Through Chattanooga, over 500 million years of rock formation, deformation, and Erosion. HGC Publishers, Red Bank, 148p.

Johnson, B, and Churnet, H. G., 1997. Very low-grade metamorphism in the Valley and Ridge of southeastern Tennessee, Geological Society of America, southeastern Section, Abstract with Programs, p. 60.

Van Alstyne, P., and Churnet, H.G., 1997. Caves at Lookout Mountain, Tennessee, Geological Society of America, southeastern Section, Abstract, p.75

Churnet, H. G., 1996. Depositional environments of Lower Pennsylvanian coal-bearing siliciclastics of southeastern Tennessee, northwestern Georgia, and northeastern Alabama, U.S.A. International Journal of Coal Geology, v. 31, p, 21-54.

Churnet, H. G., 1996. In The Field In Costa Rica with undergraduates and pre-college teachers. Council on Undergraduate Research Quarterly, September Focus, p. 26-29

Churnet, H. G., 1995. Depositional Environments of Lower Pennsylvanian coal-bearing siliciclastics of southeastern Tennessee. Geological Society of America, southeastern Section, Abs. V.27, No 4, p.43.

Churnet, H. G., 1994: Ethiopian Rift relative to human origin. Journal of Tennessee Academy of Science; abs. LXX, P.43.

Churnet, H. G., 1994. Significance of Costa Rican Geology to study of the Carolina Terrane: Geol. Soc. Amer. Southeastern Section, Abs., v.26, no. 4, p 8.
Martin Scott (. Churnet, H. G., Advisor), 1994. Preliminary investigation on water-rock dependency in Hamilton County: Journal of Tennessee Academy of Science.

Churnet, H. G. and others, 1993. Costa Rica and Carolina Terranes: Tenneesee Academy of Science; abs., v. LXIX, No. 2, p. 41.

Churnet, H. G., 1993. Petrology of the Gizzard Group near Dunlap, The Tennessee Southeastern Cumberland Plateau: Geol . Soc. Amer. Southeastern Section, Abs. v.25, no.4, p.7-8.

Churnet, H. G., 1992. Petrography of the Gizzard across Dunlap, Tennessee: Tennessee Academy of Science; abs., v. LXIII, No. 2, p. 47.

Churnet, H. G., 1991. Mesofabrics at Green Gap, Whiteoak Mountain, Tennessee: Tennessee Academy of Science (abstract).

Churnet, H. G. and Perchalski, F., 1991. Cross-province linear and curvilinear structures in the Southern Appalachians: Geol. Soc. Amer. Abs. v. 23, No.1, p.17.

Churnet. H. G., 1990. Carbonates in Magill's Survey of Science: Earth Science Series, Salem Press Pasadena, Ca., V.1, p.190-195.

Churnet. H. G., 1990. Hydrothermal Mineralization in Magill's Survey of Science: Earth Science Series, Salem Press Pasadena, Ca., V.3, p.1108-1114.

Churnet. H. G., 1990. Igneous Rock Classification in Magill's Survey of Science: Earth Science Series, Salem Press Pasadena, Ca., V.3, p.1138-1145.

Churnet. H. G., 1990. Stable Isotope; Oxygen18 / Oxygen16; Deuterium / Hydrogen, and Carbon13 / Carbon12 Ratios in Rocks in Magill's Survey of Science: Earth Science Series, Salem Press Pasadena, Ca., V.5, p. 2456-2461.

Churnet, H. G., 1990. Structures in the Pennsylvanian at Point Park, Tennessee: Tenn. Acad. Sci.v. LXVI, No. 2, p.61.

Churnet, H. G., 1990. Fracture patterns in Southeastern Tennessee with emphasis on Lookout Mountain: Southern Appalachian Man and the Biosphere First Conference: Nov. 4-6, Gatlinburg, Tenn., p. 34.

Churnet, H.G., 1990. Self similarity of structures in Orogens: Geological Society of America, Southeastern section, V. 22, p. 6.

Churnet, H.G., Young, A. and Fields, J. R., Jr., 1990. Conglomeratic turbidites, southeastern Tennessee Blue Ridge: Geological Society of America, Southeastern section, v. 22, p.7.

Fields, J. R., Jr. and Churnet, H. G., 1990. Mesofabrics of Precambriam Metasedimentary Rocks, Tellico Plains area, Southeastern Tennessee Blue Ridge; Tenn. Acad. Sci., v. LXV, p.130

Young, A. and Churnet, H.G., 1990. The Turkey Creek Mountain Nappe: Geological Society of America, Southeastern section, v. 22, p.71.

Churnet, H. G. and Young, A. S. 1989. Tectonic setting and structural elements in Walden Creek Group rocks, Tellico Mountains, East Tennessee: Tenn. Acad. Sci. v. LXV, p. 42.

Young, A. S. and Churnet, H. G., 1989. Turbidites at Tellico Mountains: Tenn. Acad. Sci. v. LXV, p. 44.

Churnet, H. G., 1989. Stylolite orientations as age-indicators of sphalerite mineralization in East Tennessee: 28th International Geological Congress, July 9 - 19, Washington D C, v. 1, p. 1. 293 - 1.294.

Churnet, H. G. and Misra, K. C., 1989. Isotope and other geochemical constraints on the framework of sphalerite mineralization in East Tennessee: 28th International Geological Congress , July 9-19, Washington, D C, v. 1, p. 1.294 -1.295.

Churnet, H. G., 1989. Discussion on "Geochemistry of obsidians from O'A and related volcanic centers in the Ethiopian Rift Valley': Sinet; an Ethiopian Journal of Science, p. 1-7.

Churnet, H. G. and Misra, K. C., 1989. Carbon and oxygen isotopes of the Mascot-Jefferson City zinc deposits, East Tennessee: Geological Society of America southeastern section (Abs), v. 21, No. 3, p. 8.

Churnet, H. G., Wilson, R. L., and Bergenback, R. E., 1989. Physical Geology Laboratory Manual: Department of Geosciences, The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Chattanooga, TN 37403. 133 p. (unpublished, but used as lab book).

Churnet, H. G., 1988. Stylolites as indicators of the relative age of emplacement of zinc deposits in Tennessee: Geol. Soc. Amer. Southeastern Section, abstracts, v. 20, No.4, p. 257.

Churnet, H. G., 1987. A book review for Tectonophysics. v. 144 p. 353. The book is entitled " Shale-Slate Metamorphism in Southern Appalachians" by C. E. Weaver.

Churnet, H. G., Bergenback, R. E., Gaines, D., Eaker, J., and Hartmen, B., 1986. The Warren Point Sandstone at Lookout Mountain: Book of Abstracts, Annual Convention of American Association of Petroleum Geologists, p. 573.

Bergenback, R. E., and Churnet, H. G., 1986. Devonian -Mississippian Clastic Sedimentation in Northern Tennessee: Symposium of Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists Midyear Meeting, Sept., 26-28, Raleigh., v. VIII, p. 9.

Churnet, H. G., and Bergenback, R .E., 1986. Depositional Systems of Lower Pennsylvanian Rocks In The Cumberland Plateau of Southeastern
Tennessee: Field Trip # 4 of the Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists Annual Meeting, Sponsored by Georgia Geological Society, C/O Dept. of Geology, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA. 22 p.

Bergenback, R. E., and Churnet, H. G., 1986. Mississippian-Devonian Sedimentation in Tennessee: Tennessee Academy of Science , Abs..

Churnet, H. G., 1985. Fluid Inclusion Evidence for Fluid Mixing, Mascot-Jefferson City Zinc District, Tennessee: A Discussion: Economic Geology, v. 80, p. 1440 -1442.

Churnet, H.G., 1985. A book review for the Journal of volcanology and Geothermal Research, v. 24, p.366-367. The book is entitled, "Atlas of Deformational and Metamorphic Rock Fabrics", edited by G. J. Borradaile, M. B. BAYLY, and C. Mac. Powell.

Churnet, H. G., and Bergenback, R. E., 1985. Depositional Environments Of Lower Pennsylvanian Strata In The Tri-State Area Of Tennessee, Georgia And Alabama: Third International Fluvial Sedimentologic Conference, August 7-9, Colorado State University, Fort Collins Colorado, Abstracts Volume, p.14.

Churnet, H. G., and Bergenback, R, E., 1985. Carboniferous Correlation Problems In So-called Raccoon Mountain Basin-Alabama, Georgia And Tennessee: A Symposium on Recent Advances in Biozonation in the Southeast, Sponsored by the Southeastern Section of the Paleontological Society:
Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Programs, v. 17, No 2, p. 84.

Bergenback, R. E., and Churnet, H. G., 1985. Porous Zone Trends In The Mississippian Monteagle (Oolitic) Limestone In Morgan County, Northeastern Tennessee: Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Programs, v.17, No 2, p.81.

McCormick, J. E., Misra, K. C., Churnet, H. G., and Kopp, D. C., 1985. Zinc Deposits Of Mascot-Jefferson City And Copper Ridge Districts, East Tennessee: in Woodward, N.B., Ed., Field Trips in Southeastern Appalachians; SE-GSA 1985 Field Trips 1-5,7, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, p.1- 33.

Churnet, H. G., Bergenback, R. E., and Gastaldo, R. A., 1985. Lower Pennsylvanian Sediments And Associated Coals In The Walden Ridge South: in Woodward, N.B., Ed., Field Trips in Southeastern Appalachians; SE-GSA 1985 Field Trips 1-5,7, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, p.34-69.

Churnet, H. G., and Bergenback, R. E., 1984. Lower Pennsylvanian Depositional Environments Reinterpreted: American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Eastern Section Meeting, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, October 10-12, p.41.

Churnet, H. G., and Bergenback, R. E., 1984. Tectonic and Sedimentary Structures of Pennsylvanian Coal Measures In Curtistown Quadrangle: Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Programs, v. 16. No. 3, p.129.

Churnet, H.G., 1983. A book review for Tectonophysics, P.174-175. The book is entitled, " Metamorphic Geology: An Introduction to Tectonic and Metamorphic Processes", authored by Con Gillen.

Churnet, H. G., and Bergenback, R. E., 1983. Environments Of Deposition Of Parts Of Lower Pennsylvanian Coal-Bearing Sedimentary Rocks In Southeastern Tennessee: A case Study Near The City Of Dunlap: Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Programs, v. 15. No. 6, p. 544.

Bergenback, R. E., and Churnet, H. G., 1983. Occurrence Of Oil And Gas In Paleozoic Rocks Of Northern Tennessee: Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Programs, v. 15. No. 6, p. 526.

Churnet, H. G., and Misra, K. C., 1983. Sphalerite Mineralization And Its Relationships To Carbonate Facies Boundaries, Copper Ridge District, East Tennessee: in Kisvarsanyi, G., Grant, S.k., Pratt, W.P., and Koeing, J.W., Eds., International Proceedings Volume On Mississippi Valley Type Lead-Zinc Deposits, Rolla, Univ. Missouri, Rolla Press, p.360-372.

Churnet, H. G., and Misra, K. C., and Walker, K. R., 1983. Facies Control For Sphalerite Deposits In Copper Ridge District: Tennessee Zinc Deposits Field Trip Guidebook sponsored by the Society of Economic Geologists; Geology Department, Virginia Tech, March 9-11, p. 21-38.

Misra, K. C., Churnet, H. G., and Walker, K. R., 1983. Carbonate-Hosted Zinc Deposits Of East Tennessee: Tennessee Zinc Deposits Field Trip Guidebook sponsored by the Society of Economic Geologists; Geology Department, Virginia Tech, March 9-11, p.2-20.

Kuehn, K. W., Mickel, G. T., Bergenback, R. E.,and Churnet, H. G., 1983. Petrology Of Coals In The Raccoon Mountain Basin: Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Programs, v. 15. No. 6, p. 619.

Churnet, H. G., and Bergenback, R. E., 1983. Sedimentologic And Structural Complications Of Pennsylvanian Coal-Bearing Sediments On The Southern Cumberland Plateau, East Tennessee: Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Programs, v. 15, p.89.

Bergenback, R. E., Churnet, H. G., 1983. Estimation Of Degree Of Accuracy Of Coal Reserve Values In Southern Tennessee: Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Programs, v. 15, p. 57.

Churnet, H. G., and Misra, K. C., 1982. Relationships Of Carbonate Facies Boundaries To Sphalerite Deposits In The Copper Ridge District, East Tennessee: International Conference On Mississippi Valley Type Lead-Zinc Deposits, University of Missouri, Rolla, Abstracts and Programs, October 11-14, p.15.

Churnet, H. G., Misra, K. C., and Walker, K. R., 1982. Deposition And Dolomitization Of Upper Knox Carbonate Sediments, Copper Ridge District, Tennessee: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 93, p.76-86.

Churnet, H. G., and Bergenback, R. E., 1981. Morphology of clastics and coals of the Crab Orchards Mountains Group, Northwestern Mount Airy Quadrangle, Tennessee: in Hope, W., ed., Geologus, Washington D.C., v.1, p.25-35.

Churnet, H. G., and Misra, K. C., 1981. Genetic Implications Of Trace Element Distribution Pattern In The Upper Knox Carbonate Rocks, Copper Ridge District, East Tennessee: Sedimentary Geology, v. 30, p. 173-194.

Wilson, R. L., and Churnet, H. G., 1981. Carboniferous Coal Basins Of The Southeastern United States-A case Study At Lookout Mountain, Georgia: Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Programs, v. 13, p. 582.

Bergenback, R. E., Churnet, H. G., and Ussler, W., 1981. The Transitional Nature Of The Mississippian-Pennsylvanian Boundary In Northeastern Alabama, Northwestern Georgia,And Southern Tennessee: Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Programs, v. 13, p. 407-408.

Churnet, H. G., Bergenback, R. E., and Frayer, S. L., 1981. Morphology Of Lower Pennsylvanian clastics and coals in the Northwestern Margin of Sale Creek Basin, Tennessee: Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Programs, v. 13, p. 4.

Churnet, H. G., and Misra, K. C., 1980. Zoning In Dolomite As Indication Of A Diagenetic Environment Involving Mixing Of Fresh And Saline Waters: Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Programs, v. 11, p. 173-174.

Churnet, H. G., and Misra, K. C., 1979. Sphalerite Mineralization In The Upper Knox Carbonates, Copper Ridge District, East Tennessee: Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Programs, v. 10, p. 174.

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