Central New York Association of Professional Geologists

UPDATE- 9/13/2019- Due to adverse weather forecast for Sterling tomorrow, the field trip has been postponed.  A new date will be announced in the coming weeks.

CNYAPG September 14, 2019 Field trip to the Sterling Nature Center

The Sterling Nature Center grounds include shore front property with cliffs of glacial till, cobble beaches and the McIntyre Bluff.  All of these features have been radically impacted by the high lake level for the past few years.  Cliff erosion is extreme (amazing), the cobble deposits are higher, and the base of the drumlin at McIntyre Bluff is being rapidly eroded.  The trip will include a walk from the parking lot to the lake front.  Then the walking trip will head southwest about 1km to McIntyre Bluff.  At the bluff, the group will walk up one gully and scale the front of the bluff for an excellent view of Lake Ontario.  We will back track to the parking lot.  Please meet me at the Sterling Nature Center parking area at 9:00AM, (15730 Jensvold Rd, Sterling, NY 13156) and the trip will end at about 1PM at the latest.  People are welcome to stay longer.  

Please RSVP to Calvin Prothro at prothroc@sunyocc.edu

NOTE (updated 9/12): The lake shore trail is passable if the wind is light and no waves. There are quite a few down trees to climb over. If the wave conditions are bad on Saturday morning, then Dave will guide the caravan of vehicles to the top of McIntyre Bluff (about a mile away), where the group can walk through the eroded drumlin. Please expect possible changes if there are waves, but still plan to meet at the SNC parking lot.

If anyone wants to read about the field site, they can download the NYSGA field guides from 1992 and 1997.  We will more or less follow these field guides by Pinet and McClennen.


P.R.Pinet, C.E.McClennen, B.C.Frederick, NYSGA 1992 Trip A7 Stop 1.00 



P.R.Pinet, C.E.McClennen, NYSGA 1997 Trip A2 Stop 1.00  


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