Indian Summer in Western New York

Today it hit a beautiful sunny 80 degrees just outside of Buffalo on 18 Mile Creek, allowing for a great morning out with Gary and his new student, Jen, from East China University. Finishing up our upper Rhinestreet Member tektite investigation by picking up samples from the areas of highest counts to check for sideraphiles…

Curiosity killed the Cat

Getting ready to digest the inner sanstone of a hematite concretion from an unknown province in Utah.

It Sounded Like a Good Idea at the Time.

Letchworth State Park, New York It was just one of those days in the field. Paul planned out our hike to the Genessee River where the Rhinestreet Shale meets the Hatch Shale. Easy hiking trail to a gentle slope and then southeast 500 feet to the river. Easy peezy, right. Nope. Not today. We were…

Cashaqua-Rhinestreet Contact

Finally got into the field with Dr. Gary Lash this morning. A cooler cloudy day made collecting a real pleasure. Despite the recent downpours in Western New York the creek level was still relatively low. No wet boots! Our interest in the lower contact of the Rhinestreet at the top of the Cashaqua revolves mainly…

Donated Paleo Specimens

Retired professor and researcher, Bob Jacobi, made a generous donation to the UB Geology department this past July; 15 boxes of Miocene vertebrate fossils from the Lee Creek Mine, North Carolina. Among the hoard are numerous whale and dolphin vertebrae, ribs, illiatic crests, sponge, and bivalves. Some of these specimens will make it into our…