We’re going backwards in time here. I want to recap a bit of the last summer and fall, starting with the annual Brown geology graduate field trip. This is a trip that I led in August and was essentially a geologic tour of New York state. Below are some highlights and photos from the epic journey.
Rock stops on day 1 included stromatolites near the town of Lake George, huge marble crystals in an outcrop along the Hudson River, and the Gore Mountain Garnet Mine.
Day 2 took us into the heart of the Adirondacks: We started the morning with a drive up Whiteface Mountain. Very nice views, goofy architecture, an elevator through the mountain, and two types of anorthosite. We also visited Cascade slide, which was a harrowing hike/climb up the side of a steep cliff. Well worth it to see some less-common minerals.
Our van, dubbed “Blue Balls”, carried us northward out of the mountains to the 1000 Lakes Region along the Canadian Border. We had nice views of Potsdam Sandstone, and after stopping at several false outcrops on the way to our campsite, we found the unconformity between Precambrian and Cambrian strata along Route 12. Our campsite this evening was premier, along the shore of the St. Lawrence River, with the stars shining and cookstove stir-fry for dinner.
I will insert a Book Recommendation here: Roadside Geologists Guide: New York. This book got us through the long drive sections, such as on day 3, and helped us find several of our destinations. We spent this night at Sam’s relatives swanky beachside resort in Sunset Beach, NY.
Day 4 was our visit to Niagara Falls and the surrounding area. This was awesome, especially for the first-timers, although I feel no urgency to return there.
Our last big geology day included a walk down Enfield Glen near Ithaca, NY and Canojoharie Creek. Canojoharie is a great stop, with fluvial potholes, Hippotomus backs (large stromatolites), and the boundary between the Canojoharie Shale and underlying dolostone and limestone.
And with these as our last stops, we headed home and went straight to sleep.