Archive for August, 2015

Upcoming Buffalo Geological Society Field Trips – 2015

Upcoming Buffalo Geological Field Trips. Note that you will need a hard hat, steel toed shoes, protective eye wear, long pants and be a Member ($15 for individuals, $20 for families).

Field Trips for 2015

September 19 -Aecon Quarry, Marmora, Ontario Canada. 6426 Regional Road 14, Marmora. Meet at 8:30am, enter at 9am and dig to 3pm. Must be $18. $10 Canadian. No saws. Must pre-register with Don Lapham.

October 10-11 – Walworth Quarry Fall Open House. Arrival at 6:15AM and safety talk at 7AM. Dig till 3pm on Saturday and 11AM on Sunday. Hard hats, steel toed shoes, etc. required. Gas saws permitted. Fluorite, dolomite, calcite, sphalerite, celestite and Selenite. Quarry is located at corner of Atlantic Avenue and Tiffany Road, Walworth (Macedon), NY.

Buffalo Geological Society Field Trip – LaFarge Quarry Lockport- August 30, 2015

The Buffalo Geological Society will have a field trip on August 30 to the LaFarge Quarry in Lockport, NY.

Hard hats, steel toed shoes, eye protection, and long pants are required. Gloves are recommended. Gas powered saws are not allowed.

 Please arrive by 7:30 AM to sign paperwork and attend safety lecture. We will enter the quarry at 8:00 AM. No late arrivals are permitted. You may leave at any time.

Sledge hammers, rock hammers, chisels, pry bars, etc are recommended as this is hard rock breaking. Do not bring carpenter hammers as they can shatter. We will drive into the quarry. Food and drinks are recommended.

Expect to find crystals of Calcite, Dolomite, Selenite, Sphalerite and possibly Celestite and Fluorite also few fossils have been found. The quarry continues to blast in the old pit along Hinman Ave.

The quarry is located at 400 Hinman Ave., Lockport, NY just south of the intersection of Rte. 93 and Rte 31. The quarry entrance is west of the intersection of Rte. 93 and the Erie Canal. Please drive in to the parking area before the office building.

Lockport LaFarge Quarry – Asked To Pay for Study of Blasting on Waterlines – August 23-2015

The Buffalo News has reported that the Lockport LaFarge quarry has been asked to pay $35,000 to pay for a study on the impact of blasting on waterlines for its proposed expansion on Hinman Road. LaFarge had previously submitted a study that indicating that the water main would be able to stand up to the blasting. Learn more –LaFarge Quarry (2)

Job Opening as of August 19, 2015- Executive Director of Penn Dixie – Hamburg, NY

The Hamburg Natural History Society-Penn Dixie is searching for a full-time Executive Director. The current Executive Director, Jerry Bastedo, will be staying on to help with a seamless transition for the new Executive Director with his official retirement date of December 31, 2015.

The candidate should have 5 to 10 years experience with non-profit organizations, management of staff & programs, development of educational programs, fund raising, marketing & promotion, and public outreach.  MS degree in natural sciences preferred or equivalent experience.  Equal opportunity employer.  Send resume to Chair, Search Committee, HNHS, P.O. Box 772, Hamburg, NY 14075, or e-mail to SBirtz@aol.com

Buffalo Geological Society Meeting – Seismography- September 4, 2015

The Buffalo Geological Society Meeting on September 4 at 7:30pm features Mark Castner who will speak on Seismography at the Parkside Lutheran Church at Depew and Wallace Streets in Buffalo (near the Buffalo Zoo off Parkside). He will discuss seismology in general and the Canisus station in Buffalo. FREE and open to the public.

Tuscon Gem and Mineral Show- January 30-February 14, 2016- Tuscon, Arizona

 

Here is the 2015 Map.

Downtown Maps

tucson showtucson gem and mineral show

Buffalo Geological Society Meeting – Seismography- September 4, 2015

The Buffalo Geological Society Meeting on September 4  at 7:30pm features Mark Castner who will speak on Seismography at the Parkside Lutheran Church at Depew and Wallace Streets in Buffalo (near the Buffalo Zoo off Parkside). He will discuss seismology in general and the Canisus station in Buffalo. FREE and open to the public.

Seismology in Buffalo: since 1909 and still today

Seismology in Buffalo goes back to the very early days of the science when commercially manufactured seismographs first became available and one was installed at Canisius College. From then through the 1950’s, most seismology in the US was accomplished through cooperative agreements among mostly autonomous stations. After World War II, funding from the US government turned seismology into “big science” based on larger and larger networks of stations, but some independent stations like Canisius defied the odds and survived, while adapting to the changing needs of the community.

The Braun-Ruddick Seismograph Station at Canisius  emphasizes Earth science education at a variety of levels and through a range of media formats. New instruments give us excellent sensitivity to both local and distant quakes, while our older, lower sensitivity equipment makes for great demonstrations.

Mark Castner’s first work in seismology was in the 1960’s as a student at seismograph station SPO at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. In 1995 he began working with Fr. James Ruddick, S.J., Director of the Braun Seismograph Station, BUF, at Canisius College. Through the Physics Department, in 2003, Mark began offering an introductory course in seismology at the College. The course emphasizes the dynamic and sometimes destructive processes that are active within the Earth and how societies cope with living in earthquake prone areas of the world.

Mark became the director of the seismograph station in 2007 and he continued to teach the seismology course through 2014. He retired as Director of Academic Computing and User Services in Information Technology Services at Canisius College after 23 years.

mark castner - braun ruddick seimograph station at canisus

 

Buffalo Geological Society Reading and Study Group

Joe Butch is offering a Buffalo Geological Society Reading and Study Group that meets at 9am on the last Wednesday of every month over beverages, food, rocks and videos to discuss topics related to geology. Give him a call if you are interested in attending or learning more at 716-626-4927.

August 26 – Igneous Rocks and Processes

September 30 – Metamorphic Processes

Joe at the Show

Photos from the Buffalo Geological Society Picnic- August 1, 2015

The Buffalo Geological Society Picnic on August 1st in Williamsville had a good turnout as the weather was perfect, the grilled hot dogs and burgers on the grill were tasty, the potluck dishes were awesome and folks shared their summer finds and sold a few excess minerals. Here are some photos from the picnic.