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Sedimentary Petrology Field Trip to Gravel Quarry near Rotterdam Junction, NY

Paul Ryberg
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AGES Department Clarion University of PA
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Summary

Sedimentary Petrology: one field trip involves visiting an exceptional glacial outwash gravel quarry, where students measure, identify and count clast types, measure cross-bedding directions, and examine the early stages of lithification of gravel to conglomerate. The gravel deposits are also representative of the local surficial aquifer material that lies nearby in the subsurface

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Audience

This is a field trip activity (2-3 hours) for an upper level undergraduate class in sedimentary petrology

Skills and concepts that students must have mastered

Students must have completed a course in Physical Geology with lab. They must be able to identify various types of rocks (and minerals in them) in hand samples

How the activity is situated in the course

This activity is conducted at one field trip stop on a required weekend field trip in sedimentary petrology to eastern NY and New England

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This is a Stratigraphy Sedimentary Petrology field trip stop at an exceptional glacial outwash gravel quarry, where students measure, identify and count clast types, measure cross-bedding directions, and examine the early stages of lithification of gravel to conglomerate. The gravel deposits are also representative of the local surficial aquifer material that lies nearby in the subsurface.

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Students will be evaluated using the categories of "exceeds," meets," or "does not meet" all of the goals stated above

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