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Carl Brett to Speak at Buffalo Geological Society Meeting on November 6, 2015

The Buffalo Geological Society Meeting on November 6 at 7:30pm features Carl Brett who will speak on Trilobites at the Parkside Lutheran Church at Depew and Wallace Streets in Buffalo (near the Buffalo Zoo off Parkside). FREE and open to the public.

Professor Carlton E. Brett, PhD, earned his Ph.D. at the University of Michigan in 1978, and that year accepted a faculty position in Geology at the University of Rochester. He joined the University of Cincinnati Geology faculty in 1998 and in 2014 was awarded the title of University Distinguished Research Professor.

carl brett from university of cincinnati at Buffalo Geological Society

Buffalo Geological Society Meeting – Penn Dixie- October 2, 2015- Buffalo, NY

The Buffalo Geological Society Meeting on October 2 at 7:30pm features Jerry Bastedo who will speak on Penn Dixie at the Parkside Lutheran Church at Depew and Wallace Streets in Buffalo (near the Buffalo Zoo off Parkside). FREE and open to the public.

Jerold C. Bastedo is currently the Executive Director of the Penn Dixie Paleontological and Outdoor Education Center for the Hamburg Natural History Society and has been involved in the acquisition and development of the Penn Dixie Site since 1990.  He has a B.A. in Earth Sciences from Geneseo and a M.S. in Geosciences from Buffalo State.

Jerry has been previously employed as a geologist for the Buffalo Museum of Science; as an exploration geologist for National Fuel; and as a manager/Chief Geologist with Ecology and Environment.

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.

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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

 

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.

Field Trip to Shelby Crushed Stone Quarry – July 25, 2015 – Medina, NY

Buffalo Geological Society Field Trip to Shelby Crushed Stone Quarry in Medina, NY is July 25 at 7:30am. Must be a member of BGS to attend – $15 for individuals, $20 for families.

The quarry is located at 10830 Blair Road, Medina, NY south of the intersection of Shelby Basin Rd. and Rte 31 to the east of Lockport. 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 allowed. Must be 18 years or older.

 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. We must leave before Noon.

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 some crystals of Calcite, Dolomite, Selenite, and Celestite; also few fossils have been found.

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

shelby crushed stone quarry