Has anyone had to use the compass yet?
I've been to two invitationals, and neither had me use the compass. Would we have to be provided with an actual outcrop? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FbXhooadhZw
[EDIT] Really, what questions would we have to use a compass for?
Not hating on a majority of the test makers, but often, GeoMapping test makers are not experts in geology, and therefore know how to use the compass. This obviously varies.
I have yet to see an invitational test with a compass, as it is new this year. However, I bet that at a regional or state level, you may need it, as test makers are normally more proficient in the area (again, not always true). If I were testing you, I would bring in a rock, and have you measure the attitude as it sits on a table for example. However, you could also do this on anything that is slanted, like a piece of wood, binder at an angle, etc.
In my opinion, I don't think the addition of a geologic compass was necessary for the event. I completely understand why they would do this, but GeoMapping has such a wide range of knowledge that needs to be known for the event, that adding a technical skill like this just adds to it. Also, as someone who is currently majoring in geoscience, ive never used one. There is an App for that.
However, it really isn't hard to learn how to use it. Youtube is your friend.
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