Archive for October, 2017

Buffalo Geological Society Meeting-Heather McCarthy – November 3, 2017- Buffalo, NY

The  Buffalo Geological Society Meeting on November 3 at 7:30pm at 100 Lee Street features guest speaker Heather McCarthy, a doctoral candidate at the University of Buffalo.  Her presentation will focus on her research at the Garnet Hill outcrop located near Roxbury, Connecticut.

The Garnet Hill outcrop contains the garnet-mica schist (GMS) unit of the Rowe Formation that formed as a result of a metamorphosed Ordovician and Cambrian oceanic shelf sequence. This study investigates the fabric and chemical composition of the schist at this location and includes a comparison with similarly conducted studies of differently aged schists along the east coast of the United States.


Buffalo Geological Society Continuing Ed Program- October 25, 2017- Buffalo, NY

Buffalo Geological Society Continuing Ed Program is October 25 at 8:30am and the program at 9:45am at the Sweet Home Masonic Hall at 641 Sweet Home Road in Eggertsville.Breakfast is served at no charge. Open to all members – come and join us!

The topic is Eurypterids from Ridgemount in Ft. Erie, Canada.


Route 290

Millersport Hwy South

Right on Sheridan

Right on Sweet Home

621 Sweet Home (just a few places down on the right)

Buffalo Geological Society Newsletter- October, 2017

Buffalo Geological Society Newsletter for October features the new meeting location at 100 Lee Street, the October 6 meeting featuring as a speaker Dr. Jud of Cornell U. speaking on  paleobotany in Patagonia, field trip to Dolomites Quarry at Walworth, NY and the upcoming Rochester show on October 28-29. There is also a field trip to Flamboro, Canada on October 14th.

October 2017


Buffalo Geological Society Field Trip to Dufferin Flamboro Quarry- October 14, 2017

Buffalo Geological Field Trip to Dufferin Quarry Flamboro on October 14 at 7:30am, enter at 8:00am. No late arrivals. Located at 685 Brock Road, Dundas, Ontario, Canada. Passport required.

The quarry has asked us to meet up near the entrance at the top of the hill at the office, not down the hill near the scale house.

Hard hats, steel toed shoes, eye protection, and long pants are required. Gloves are recommended. Gas powered saws and tools are not allowed. Must be 18 years old or older. 

NOTE: Also requires Orange or Yellow Fluorescent safety vest or shirt and reflective hard hats.

Expect to find crystals of Sphalerite, Fluorite, Marcasite, and Galena; Calcite, Dolomite, and Selenite have also been found.

Take the 90 West to 190 North to Queenston-Lewston Bridge into Canada. Head North on QEW into Hamilton (over big bridge). Take Exit 100 off of QEW for Rte. 403 West towards Brantford (avoid the 407 entrance or you’ll pay). Take Rte. 403 West to Exit 74 for Rte. 6 heading towards Guelph. At intersection of Rte. 6 and Rte 5 (at top of long hill), make the left onto Rte. 5 and follow until you see the giant LaFarge plant on the left. Pass LaFarge and continue to traffic light at Brock Rd. Make right onto Brock Rd and follow to Dufferin quarry on left. Gather at the office bldg. at the entrance.

Questions, please contact Don Lapham at 716-438-3794 or 716-481-6438 24 hours before the dig.

Canadian Field Trip Information:

Laws have changed recently in Canada for Safety vests and clothing. You will need to update to the appropriate styles to gain entry to Canadian quarries. Please see this link for information. I have added a Word document you may print out to take shopping with you. Unfortunately, the new BGS safety vests are not Canadian legal (but addition of a “X” in reflective tape on the backs will make them acceptable).

Please note we should be wearing Class 2 apparel. Either a vest or T shirt will suffice. Your hard hats must also contain retro-reflective stripes and can be purchased as peel and stick tape at Safety Supply stores (Dival) or possibly Lockport Outdoor Store or Joann Fabric or Michael’s. Please note that I have done some searching for appropriate safety apparel in the US and not seen a lot of shirts or vests with the cross or “X” pattern on the back. You may need to add your own 2 inch wide iron-on stripes or travel to Canada to purchase the appropriate clothing (Mark’s Work WearHouse).

Nobel Prize in Physics Awarded to Black Hole Researches – October, 2017

From the NY Times – see entire article.

Awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics on Tuesday for the discovery of ripples in space-time known as gravitational waves, which were predicted by Albert Einstein a century ago but had never been directly seen.

In February 2016, when an international collaboration of physicists and astronomers announced that they had recorded gravitational waves emanating from the collision of a pair of massive black holes a billion light years away, it mesmerized the world. The work validated Einstein’s longstanding prediction that space-time can shake like a bowlful of jelly when massive objects swing their weight around, and it has put astronomers on intimate terms with the deepest levels of physical reality, of a void booming and rocking with invisible cataclysms.

Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity, pronounced in 1916, suggested that matter and energy would warp the geometry of space-time the way a heavy sleeper sags a mattress, producing the effect we call gravity. His equations described a universe in which space and time were dynamic. Space-time could stretch and expand, tear and collapse into black holes — objects so dense that not even light could escape them. The equations predicted, somewhat to his displeasure, that the universe was expanding from what we now call the Big Bang, and it also predicted that the motions of massive objects like black holes or other dense remnants of dead stars would ripple space-time with gravitational waves.