Geomorphology Field Excursion
The end of the Spring semester is always a busy time, and especially so with the good weather for field excursions. One of the trips was a Geomorphology Field Excursion lead by Dr. Rayburn. This trip headed up to the Albany area to examine glacial geomorphic features.
The first stop was the Albany Pine Bush, a stabilized dune field on an abandoned glacial lake bed, and an important nature preserve. This preserve is protected by a public/private partnership including the Department of Environmental Conservation; the NY State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation; The Nature Conservancy; the City of Albany; the Town of Colonie; the Town of Guilderland; the County of Albany and four citizen representatives.
Additional stops included the site of the Cohoes mastodon at an overlook of the waterfalls on the Mohawk River, a large gravel pit with exposures of several glacial and pro-glacial geomorphic features, and the Hudson River at Lock 1 where the river cut exposes bedrock, glacial and pro-glacial deposits.