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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 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).

Buffalo Geological Society Picnic and Rock Swap – September 9, 2017- Williamsville, NY

The Buffalo Geological Society Picnic is September 9, 2017 at the North Forest Pavilion in Williamsville behind Tops on Main Street. It is a potluck but the club provides hot dogs, rolls and soft drinks.

It starts around 12:30, and we eat around 4pm. Bring a dish to share and your own cups, plates, silverware, table cloth. You can bring minerals and fossils to show, swap or sell and share great stories.

The Tops address is 5274 Main Street and Union in Williamsville on Forest just north of Main Street.

Buffalo Geological Society Field Trip- October 7-8, 2017- Walworth, NY

Buffalo Geological Society Field Trip to the Open House at Dolomite Products Quarry in Walworth, NY on October 7-8 at 7am.  Open House to community so no club membership is necessary but safety gear is required. Also, bring rain gear based on forecast.

Please arrive by 6:30 AM to sign paperwork and attend safety lecture. We will enter the quarry at 7:00 AM. Late arrivals are permitted. Please stop in at maintenance garage to sign in and hear safety information. We must leave the quarry before 3 PM. Sunday we must leave before 11 AM. 

Hard hats, steel toed shoes, eye protection, and long pants are required. Gloves are recommended. Supervised children with sturdy shoes are permitted. Gas powered saws and drills are allowed.A hydraulic jackhammer is usually provided by the quarry to break large boulders.

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

The quarry is located at 1200 Atlantic Avenue, Walworth, NY just east of Rochester, NY. Take the NYS Thruway (90) East to exit 46 for Rte 390 North. Take exit 15 to merge with Rte 590 North. Take exit 7 for NY-286/Browncroft Blvd. Make Right onto Browncroft and head East. Pass through town of Penfield. Browncroft will become Atlantic.  Make left turn onto Tiffany Rd. The quarry entrance is on the right after the turn. Drive in to the maintenance garage and park.

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.

Buffalo Geological Society Field Trip to Shelby Crushed Stone Quarry – July 29, 2017- Medina, NY

Buffalo Geological Society Field Trip to Shelby Crushed Stone Quarry in Medina, NY  on July 29 at 7:30am, entry at 8am. No late arrivals.

The quarry is located at 10830 Blair Road, Medina, NY south of Rte. 31 via Salt Works Rd. Please drive into the parking area in front of the office building.

Hard hats, steel toed shoes, Reflective safety vest or shirt, eye protection, and long pants are required. Gloves are recommended. Must be 18 years old or older. Gasoline powered equipment is 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.

Expect to find crystals of Calcite, Dolomite, Selenite; also fossils and trace fossils have been found.

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

Dick Phillips Rock Garden at the Ken-Ton Garden Walk – July 21-24, 2017

The Ken- Ton Garden Evening Tours are July 21 and 22 and the the Walk is July 22 and 23. Make sure you see Dick Phillips garden as it has awesome rock crystals among the flowers and fluorescent minerals at the night tour. His address is: 346 Pilgrim Road, Tonawanda


Buffalo Geological Society Field Trip to West Pierrepont and Pitcairin, NY – July 21-23, 2017

Buffalo Geological Society July 21 trip to Valentine Mine, Harrisville, NY for Blue Calcite followed by visit to GardenScape Quarry in Gouverneur, NY for calcite crystals in marble.

Friday July 21 AM, 2017 9:00 AM entry:  Field trip to Valentine Mine, Harrisville, NY for blue calcite, wollastonite, prehnite, etc. Has now been confirmed. Hard Hats, steel toed shoes, eye protection, high visibility safety clothing required. Must be 18 years or older.  The mine address is 14009 Hermitage Rd., Harrisville, NY. I expect to leave the parking lot of the Clearview motel at 7:30 AM but folks may drive directly to the mine on their own.

Friday July 21, 2017 PM – Field trip to GardenScape Quarry, Gouverneur, NY has been cancelled and will replaced to Selleck Road instead.

Don Lapham needs to provide a list of attendees for Friday’s digs – please contact me to confirm you will be attending: or 716-481-6438 (if you haven’t already).

Sat. July 22, 2017 to Rose Road site, Pitcairn, NY. Mulitple metamorphic minerals to be found. No safety equipment required, but recommended; supervised children are welcome. $5 fee per person.  Meet in parking lot of Clearview Motel to leave at 8:00 AM. Park right at digging areas.

Sun. July 23, 2017 to Powers Farm, West Pierrepont, NY for black tourmaline. No safety equipment required, but recommended; supervised children are welcome.

$5 fee per person. Meet in parking lot of Clearview Motel to leave at 8:00 AM. Hike trail to collecting site.

Clearview Motel in Gouverneur, NY for base camp. 315-287-2800

Friday and Saturday’s sites will contain fluorescent specimens – both long wave and short wave lamps are helpful (and a black tarp to shield the sunlight). All sites may require a wheeled cart or dragging sled to move specimens to your car. Sunday’s trip is a short hike to the collecting area. Saturday and Sunday’s sites could require digging in soil as well as breaking rock – shovels and picks may be helpful.


Buffalo Geological Society Field Trip to LaFarge Quarry in Niagara, NY – June 17, 2017

Buffalo Geological Society Field Trip on June 17 to LaFarge Quarry in Niagara NY at 7:30am, enter at 8am, leave by Noon. Needs to be confirmed.