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Geological Field Trips

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This is a partial list of published field trips that are accessible from the Brauer Education Center near Albany, N.Y. It is designed to give you a place to start in planning your own educational excursions around the center.

As land use and land ownership change with time, you will want to check out the accessibility of your stops before your planned trip.

Please note that some of the stops in these field trips require the landowner's permission to access the outcrops. Also, be aware of and obey any rules regarding the use of rock hammers and sample collection in the parks.

 

Stratigraphy, Sedimentology, Paleontology:

Fisher, D., 1987. Lower Devonian limestones, Helderberg Escarpment, New York, in Roy, D.C., ed., Northeastern Section of the Geological Society of America, Centennial Field Guide Volume 5: Boulder, CO, Geological Society of America, p. 119-122.
Freidman, G.M., 1995. Flysch and molasses of the classical Taconic and Acadian orogenies: models for subsurface reservoir settings, in Garver, J.I. and Smith, J.A., eds., Field Trip Guide for the 67th Annual Meeting of the New York State Geological Association, Union College, Schenectady, NY, p. 109-143.
Freidman, G.M., 1995. Sequence stratigraphy of platform carbonates: Devonian limestones of John Boyd Thacher State Park, southwest of Albany, NY, in Garver, J.I. and Smith, J.A., eds., Field Trip Guide for the 67th Annual Meeting of the New York State Geological Association, Union College, Schenectady, NY, p. 303-311.
Friedman, G.M., 2002. Late Cambrian (Sauk) carbonate facies in Hudson-Mohawk Valley of Eastern New York State, in McLelland, J. and Karabonis, P., eds. Guidebook for Fieldtrips in New York and Vermont: 94th Annual meeting of the New England Intercollegiate Geological Conference and the 74th Annual meeting of the New York State Geological Association, Lake George, NY, p. C8-1 to C8-26.
Garver, J.I., 1995. Ordovician rocks in the Mohawk Valley: geologic sites for education of high school and college students, in Garver, J.I. and Smith, J.A., eds., Field Trip Guide for the 67th Annual Meeting of the New York State Geological Association, Union College, Schenectady, NY, p. 357-375.
Johnson, K.G., 1987. Strand-line facies of the Catskill Tectonic Delta Complex (Middle and Upper Devonian) in eastern New York State, in Roy, D.C., ed., Northeastern Section of the Geological Society of America, Centennial Field Guide Volume 5: Boulder, CO, Geological Society of America, p. 129-132.
Lindemann, R.H., 2002. Dacryoconarid bioevents of the Onodaga Formation and the Marcellus Subgroup, Cherry Valley, NewYork, in McLelland, J. and Karabonis, P., eds. Guidebook for Fieldtrips in New York and Vermont: 94th Annual meeting of the New England Intercollegiate Geological Conference and the 74th Annual meeting of the New York State Geological Association, Lake George, NY, p. B7-1 to B7-17.
Ver Straeten C.A., and Brett, C.E., 1995. Lower and Middle Devonian foreland basin fill in the Catskill front: stratigraphic synthesis, sequence stratigraphy, and the Acadian orogeny, in Garver, J.I. and Smith, J.A., eds., Field Trip Guide for the 67th Annual Meeting of the New York State Geological Association, Union College, Schenectady, NY, p. 313-356.

 

Structural Geology, Tectonics:

Bosworth, W., and Chisick, S., 1987. The Taconic Allochthon Frontal Thrust: Bald Mountain and Schaghticoke Gorge, eastern New York, in Roy, D.C., ed., Northeastern Section of the Geological Society of America, Centennial Field Guide Volume 5: Boulder, CO, Geological Society of America, p. 141-146.
Hollocher, K., 1995. Traverse across the Taconic orogen, in Garver, J.I. and Smith, J.A., eds., Field Trip Guide for the 67th Annual Meeting of the New York State Geological Association, Union College, Schenectady, NY, p 145-161.
Kidd, W.S.F., Plesch, A., and Vollmer, F.W., 1995. Lithfacies and structure of the Taconic flysch, melange, and allochthon, in the New York Capital District, in Garver, J.I. and Smith, J.A., eds., Field Trip Guide for the 67th Annual Meeting of the New York State Geological Association, Union College, Schenectady, NY, p. 57-80.
Marshak, S., and Engelder, T., 1987. Exposures of the Hudson Valley Fold-Thrust Belt, west of Catskill, New York, in Roy, D.C., ed., Northeastern Section of the Geological Society of America, Centennial Field Guide Volume 5: Boulder, CO, Geological Society of America, p. 123- 128.
Merguerian, C., 1987. The geology of Cameron's Line, West Torrington, Connecticut, in Roy, D.C., ed., Northeastern Section of the Geological Society of America, Centennial Field Guide Volume 5: Boulder, CO, Geological Society of America, p. 159-164.
Valentino, D.W., Solar, G.S., Chiarenzelli, J.R., Gates, A.E., Freyer, P., and Price, R.E., 2004. L- versus S-tectonite fabric variations with the southern Adirondack shear zone system: Progressive deformation associated with a sinistral conjugate to a Grenville syntaxis, in Badger, R., ed., Field Trip Guidebook for the 76th Annual Meeting of the New York State Geological Association, SUNY Potsdam, Potsdam, NY, p.191-220.

 

Igneous or Metamorphic Petrology:

Fletcher, B.A., and Kidd, W.S.F., 2002. Metagabbros of the Southeastern Adirondacks: Evidence for separate syn-kinematic, and post-kinematic suites, in McLelland, J. and Karabonis, P., eds. Guidebook for Fieldtrips in New York and Vermont: 94th Annual meeting of the New England Intercollegiate Geological Conference and the 74th Annual meeting of the New York State Geological Association, Lake George, NY, p. C3-1 to C3-9.
Hollocher, K., 1995. Traverse across the Taconic orogen, in Garver, J.I. and Smith, J.A., eds., Field Trip Guide for the 67th Annual Meeting of the New York State Geological Association, Union College, Schenectady, NY, p. 145-161.
Kelly, W.M., and Hill, M.L., 1995. Geology and mining history of Barton Mines Corporation, Gore Mountain Mine, in Garver, J.I. and Smith, J.A., eds., Field Trip Guide for the 67th Annual Meeting of the New York State Geological Association, Union College, Schenectady, NY, p. 405-412.
McLelland, J.M., 1995. Geochronology and petrogenesis of Adirondack igneous and metamorphic rocks, in Garver, J.I. and Smith, J.A., eds., Field Trip Guide for the 67th Annual Meeting of the New York State Geological Association, Union College, Schenectady, NY, p. 205-226.
McLelland, J.M., Bickford, M.E., Spear, F., and Storm, L., 2002. Geology and geochronology of the Eastern Adirondacks, in McLelland, J. and Karabonis, P., eds. Guidebook for Fieldtrips in New York and Vermont: 94th Annual meeting of the New England Intercollegiate Geological Conference and the 74th Annual meeting of the New York State Geological Association, Lake George, NY, p. B-1-1 to B--1-20.
McLelland, J.M., Storm, L., and Spear, F. 2002. Geology and geochronology of the Southern Adirondacks, in McLelland, J. and Karabonis, P., eds. Guidebook for Fieldtrips in New York and Vermont: 94th Annual meeting of the New England Intercollegiate Geological Conference and the 74th Annual meeting of the New York State Geological Association, Lake George, NY, p. A-1-1 to A-1-20.
Tracy, R.J., Ratcliffe, N.M., and Bender, J.F., 1987. Igneous and contact metamorphic rocks of the Cortlandt Complex, Westchester County, New York, in Roy, D.C., ed., Northeastern Section of the Geological Society of America, Centennial Field Guide Volume 5: Boulder, CO, Geological Society of America, p. 133-136.
Whitney, P.R., and Olmsted, J.F., 1995. Wollastonite deposits of the Northeastern Adirondacks, in Garver, J.I. and Smith, J.A., eds., Field Trip Guide for the 67th Annual Meeting of the New York State Geological Association, Union College, Schenectady, NY, p. 25-38.
Whitney. P.R., Stracher, G.B., and Grover, T., 2002. Precambrian geology of the Whitehall area, Southeastern Adirondacks, in McLelland, J. and Karabonis, P., eds. Guidebook for Fieldtrips in New York and Vermont: 94th Annual meeting of the New England Intercollegiate Geological Conference and the 74th Annual meeting of the New York State Geological Association, Lake George, NY, p. C2-1 to C2-10.

 

Geomorphology, Glacial Geology:

De Simone, D.J., and La Fleur, R.G., 1985. Glacial geology and history of the Northern Hudson Basin, New York and Vermont, in Lindemann, R.H., ed., Field Trip Guidebook for the 57th Annual Meeting of the New York State Geological Association, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY, p. 82-116.
Dineen, R.J., and Hanson, E., 1995. Glacial deposits in the Mohawk and Sacandaga Valleys or a tale of two tongues redux, in Garver, J.I. and Smith, J.A., eds., Field Trip Guide for the 67th Annual Meeting of the New York State Geological Association, Union College, Schenectady, NY, p. 39-55.
Dineen, R.J., Hanson, E., DeSimone, D., and LaFleur, R.G., 1992. The late glaciation of Eastern New York state: Glacial tongues and Bergy bits, The 1992 Reunion of the 55th Annual Friends of the Pleistocene, Environmental Hydrogeology Corp and Roy F. Weston, Inc.
Johnson, K.G., and Reichert, K., 2002. Geomorphic factors in the failure of General Burgoyne's Northern Campaign of 1777, in McLelland, J. and Karabonis, P., eds. Guidebook for Fieldtrips in New York and Vermont: 94th Annual meeting of the New England Intercollegiate Geological Conference and the 74th Annual meeting of the New York State Geological Association, Lake George, NY, p. C9-1 to C9-16.
Rodbell, D.T., 2002. Selected till and stratified drift deposits between Glen's Falls and Amsterdam, New York, in McLelland, J. and Karabonis, P., eds. Guidebook for Fieldtrips in New York and Vermont: 94th Annual meeting of the New England Intercollegiate Geological Conference and the 74th Annual meeting of the New York State Geological Association, Lake George, NY, p. C10-1 to C10-9.
Rodbell, D.T., and Hays, P.S., 1995. Fluvial and hillslope geomorphology of the Plotterkill Preserve, Rotterdam, New York, in Garver, J.I. and Smith, J.A., eds., Field Trip Guide for the 67th Annual Meeting of the New York State Geological Association, Union College, Schenectady, NY, p. 293-302.
Rubin, P.A., Engel, T., and Nardacci, M., 1995. Geomorphology, paleoclimatology and land use considerations of a glaciated karst terrain: Albany county, New York, in Garver, J.I. and Smith, J.A., eds., Field Trip Guide for the 67th Annual Meeting of the New York State Geological Association, Union College, Schenectady, NY, p. 81-107.
Wall, G.R., and LaFleur, R.G., 1995. The paleofluvial record of glacial Lake Iroquois in the Eastern Mohawk Valley, New York, in Garver, J.I. and Smith, J.A., eds., Field Trip Guide for the 67th Annual Meeting of the New York State Geological Association, Union College, Schenectady, NY, p. 173-203

 

Hydrogeology, Environmental Geology:

Hollocher, K., Quintin, L., and Ruscitto, D., 2002. Geochemistry and source of the Saratoga Springs, in McLelland, J. and Karabonis, P., eds. Guidebook for Fieldtrips in New York and Vermont: 94th Annual meeting of the New England Intercollegiate Geological Conference and the 74th Annual meeting of the New York State Geological Association, Lake George, NY, p. C11-1 to C11-15.
Piper, A.S., 1985. Tri-Corn Geology: The geology - history- and environmental problems of the Upper Hudson Champlain Valley, in Lindemann, R.H., ed., Field Trip Guidebook for the 57th Annual Meeting of the New York State Geological Association, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY, p. 224-249.
Rubin, P.A., Engel, T., and Nardacci, M., 1995. Geomorphology, paleoclimatology and land use considerations of a glaciated karst terrain: Albany county, New York, in Garver, J.I. and Smith, J.A., eds., Field Trip Guide for the 67th Annual Meeting of the New York State Geological Association, Union College, Schenectady, NY, p. 81-107.
Smith, J.A., Eslinger, E., and Hansen, D.L., 1995. Environmental technology and preservation: the Pine Bush, landfills, and groundwater integrity, in Garver, J.I. and Smith, J.A., eds., Field Trip Guide for the 67th Annual Meeting of the New York State Geological Association, Union College, Schenectady, NY, p. 383-404.