Category: Field Trips & Events

Photos from the Buffalo Geological Society Field Trip to Lockport, NY – May 29-2016

Photos from the BGS Field Trip to LaFarge Quarry in Lockport found the weather sunny, piles of rocks to dig in and a few finds including this piece of Calcite and Dolomite found by Dale Russell.

Buffalo Geological Society Field Trip to LaFarge Quarry in Lockport, NY- May 29, 2016

Buffalo Geological Society Field Trip to LaFarge Quarry in Lockport, NY is May 29 – and they BLASTED this Thursday, May 26, so it might be good! Arrive by 7:30am, enter at 8am. Must be 18 or older.

Have GLOVES (new requirement), hard hats, steel toed shoes, eye protection and long pants. Gas powered saws and tools are NOT allowed.

Expect to find crystals of Calcite, Dolomite, Selenite, Sphalerite. Celestite and Fluorite also few fossils have been found.

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

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Buffalo Geological Society Field Trip to Marmora, Ontario – June 4, 2016

The Buffalo Geological Society Field Trip to Aecon Quarry, Marmora, Ontario is June 4 . You must be a member to go on the field trip and it is for those age 16+.  Photo ID required and each member must provide proof of current membership.

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Buffalo Geological Society Field Trip – May 7, 2016- Penfield NY

The Buffalo Geological Society Field Trip to Dolomite Products Quarry in Penfield NY is May 7, 2016. You must be a member to go on the field trip.

Expect to find  Calcite, Dolomite, Selenite, Fluorite, Sphalerite, Galena.

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Buffalo Geological Society Field Trip to Aecon Quarry, Ontario – June 4, 2016

The Buffalo Geological Society Field Trip to Aecon Quarry, Marmora, Ontario is June 4 . You must be a member to go on the field trip and it is for those age 16+.  Photo ID required and each member must provide proof of current membership.

$10 Canadian fee – check made out to Bancroft Gem and Mineral Club for their museum.

Meet at the mine entrance at 8:30am. No late arrivals. Long Pants, hard hats, steel toed boots above ankle, eye protection, orange, green or yellow reflective safety vest required. Gloves are recommended. Use of power tools and micro blasters is not permitted.

Bring drinks and lunch.

Expect to find garnets, epidote (in calcite- you use acid to uncover it), quartz, pyrite, calcite, magnetite.

Suggest staying at Moonlight Motel in Havelock  or in Belleville the night before.

Questions, call Don Lapham at 716-438-3794 or 481-6438.

 

Buffalo Geological Society Meeting with Dino Zack- January 8, 2016-Buffalo,NY

Buffalo Geological Society Meeting is on January 8 at 7:30pm with featured speaker, Dino Zack discussing the Fluorescent Minerals of NY. Held at Parkside Lutheran Church,  Depew and Wallace Streets, Buffalo. Open to the public.

Over 500 of 4000 different minerals are known to fluoresce. Zack will discuss various types of mineral fluorescents including Northern NY collecting locations, specimens and types of luminescence including fluorescence, phosphorescence, triboluminescence, thermoluminescence, tenebrescence.

Mr. Zack worked as a petroleum geologist in New York State for several years before switching to the environmental geology.  Mr. Zack is an active member of several professional affiliations including Buffalo Association of Professional Geologists, Society of American Military Engineers, Independent Oil and Gas Association of New York, and the Fluorescent Mineral Society. He is a Certified Professional Geologist, a Professional Geologist for the state of Alaska, and is currently working toward earning his Project Management Professional certification.

Mr. Zack presently works out of Buffalo, New York as project manager/geologist with AECOM Technical Services, Inc and provides oversight for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency at Superfund sites.  In addition, Mr. Zack is closely following the natural gas development of the Marcellus and Utica Shale in and around New York State.

Buffalo Geological Society Field Trip to Lockport LaFarge Quarry – December 6, 2015

The Buffalo Geological Society will have a field trip to the LaFarge Quarry in Lockport, NY on December 6th.

Please arrive by 8:30 AM to sign paperwork and attend safety lecture. We will enter the quarry at 9:00 AM. No late arrivals are permitted. You may leave at any time.

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.

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

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.

Buffalo Geological Society Potluck and Silent Auction – December 4, 2015

Buffalo Geological Society Potluck and Silent Auction is December 4. Bring a dish to pass plus your own place settings and silverware. At 6pm you can enter and set up items for the auction. At 6:30 food serving begins and the auction begins at 7:30pm.

You can bring up to 10 items for the auction. When you arrive, pick up slips and put your name on the master sheet opposite the number on your slips. Place a slip with description and minimum bid under each auction item.

Buffalo Geological Society Field Trip to Lockport, NY- November 15, 2015

The Buffalo Geological Society will have a field trip to the LaFarge Quarry in Lockport, NY on November 15 .

Please arrive by 8:30 AM to sign paperwork and attend safety lecture. We will enter the quarry at 9:00 AM. No late arrivals are permitted. You may leave at any time.

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.

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

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 good area in the old pit along Hinman Ave.

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

Photos from the Buffalo Geological Society Field Trip to Aecon Marmora Quarry

Photos from the Buffalo Geological Society Field Trip to Aecon  Quarry in Marmora, Canada on September 19, 2015.  The trip was great because the rain held off  and garnets, epidote, pyrite, quartz chunks were found.

A couple of tips: leave at 11am on Friday so you can to beat the traffic (should be a 4 hr drive). Having left at 1pm – took me to 6pm to get there due to east side of Toronto 401  traffic jam.

Also, consider staying at Limestone B&B at 47 Forsyth St in Marmora -phone 613-472-5449 or email: limestonebb@persona.ca. $63 including tax and breakfast of two eggs, sausages, two pieces of wheat toast, freshly cut fruit, coffee, juice. Awesome – $85 Canadian with exchange rate, $63. And, AC in all rooms, two rooms have private baths/showers, other two rooms share a bath/showers, clean, tasteful, nice owners. Rooms are on the 2nd floor and all the rooms are named about minerals (I stayed in amethyst room – J Barton). And, it is on the same road as the quarry five minutes away.

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