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…

Thin Sections & Dissolution Day

Cody and I have been chugging along for 7 weeks. Today I got the opportunity to start dissolving a carbonate concretion with industrial strength CLR and Cody was having fun with some heavy machinery slicing shale and a concretion for thin sections. Hoping that his first set are good and to see some microtektites in…

Devonian Microtektites

While conducting shale maceration experiments with quaternary surfactants, I stumbled upon microtektites in the Rhinestreet Member of the Late Devonian West Falls Group here in the Buffalo area. Since the original piece of shale given to me was from an unknown location in the stratigraphic column the ‘backwards’ search began this past June. A UB…