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A Guide to Pennsylvanian (Carboniferous) Age Plant Fossils of Southwest Virginia

Thomas F. McLoughlin

About the AUTHOR

Thomas F. McLoughlin

“A Bachelor of Science degree was earned while attending morehead state university at Morehead, Kentucky. In December , of 1979, I completed my Master's of Science thesis in geology at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky. Then in June 1980, I joined the US Department of Labor Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). I stayed with this agency s a geologist and coal-mine inspector for twenty-eight years, collecting plant fossils in the coal mines and outcrops (road cuts) in southwestern Virginia and parts of West Virginia. For approximately twenty-six years, I taught introduction to geology courses at colleges in Cumberland, Kentucky, and Wise, Virginia. I started out in geology as a rock hound, collecting rocks, minerals, and fossils. By the end of high school, I decided to become a geologist and attended college. Actually, my parents insisted that I leave home because it was overtaken by my rock samples. During high school and college, I practiced lapidary work, making jewelry from minerals and rocks. Presently I am a coal miner instructor.”

Email: [email protected]

Street Address: 741 Park Ave., NE

City/State: Norton, VA

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