Geology of the central and southern Adirondack Mountains, New York: research field camp
Dr. David W. Valentino, Department of Earth Sciences, State University of New York at Oswego
Dr. Jeffrey R. Chiarenzelli, Department of Geology, St. Lawrence University
Intended Audience: This field program is designed for advanced undergraduate geology students, geology graduate students, and earth sciences education graduate students.
The Adirondack Mountains and Thousand Islands regions of New York State.
The SUNY Oswego geology field program has been run annually during the month of June for the past 10 years, and has served as the field camp requirement for undergraduate students in geology (70% in-state; 30% out-of-state). The program is capped at 20 students per year. Applicants from universities and colleges that have a required field component (field camp) in their undergraduate curriculum are encouraged to apply. All program attendees are expected to have a strong background in geology. This may include completion of Physical Geology plus an array of upper level geology courses such as: Historical Geology, Mineralogy, Petrology, Sedimentary Geology (Sed.-Strat.), Paleontology, Tectonics, Geomorphology, Geophysics, Structural Geology. During the field program we have utilized many of the Department of Environmental Conservation camping facilities as base camp. These camping facilities will accommodate large camp tents, portable eating and cooking facilities, and work facilities. Occasionally, small backpack camps are necessary in remote areas in the Adirondack Mountains to complete field work, and the program utilizes several canoes and a motorboat while working on the many lakes and rivers in the region.
To familiarize students with geologic field work.
Materials and Handouts:
Two field trip guides are provided:
- L- verses S-tectonite fabric variations within the southern Adirondack shear zone system: progressive deformation associated with a sinistral conjugate to a Grenville syntaxis (Acrobat (PDF) 7.5MB Jul6 08)
- Variations in L- and S-Tectonite on the Northern Boundary of the Piseco Lake Shear Zone, Adirondack Mountains, New York (Acrobat (PDF) 6.9MB Jul6 08)