Welcome to the Fall Semester!
As Labor Day and the beginning of the Fall semester near at New Paltz, here is hoping you all had a productive summer, and found some time for relaxation and a well deserved vacation.
The Geology faculty has been widely dispersed and busy with diverse projects, which we hope to report on soon. In the mean time we are all gearing up for Fall, preparing lectures, labs and field trips for the upcoming semester.
The hosting of the upcoming New York Geological Society 81st Annual Meeting is one exciting project that has been occupying the Department, particularly Dr. Vollmer. He did find some time however to unwind by studying deformation and seismites along the San Andreas Fault, the boundary between the North American and Pacific tectonic plates.
Below is a link to a United States Geological Survey simulation of the ground motions that occurred during the 1906 San Francisco earthquake on the North American - Pacific plate boundary. Point Reyes is the hook-shaped peninsula to the left on the simulation, on the Pacific Plate:
The following site contains many additional links to simulations, animations and photographs related to the 1906 earthquake (from a National Association of Geoscience Teachers workshop):