The best place for you to visit limestones is along Rte. 9W where it passes through the Kingston malls. Almost all the rocks there are limestones. You can see more limestones along Rte. 32, just north of Saugerties.
By the midnight of this awful night the storms had passed, and things had settled down. Where there had been colorful marine meadow, now there was the barren desolation of a fresh 10-inch thick deposit of coarse sediment. Few seafloor creatures were still alive; many had been broken up into a shell hash. As the moon rose over the dark sea floor, the last grains of the finer, lighter sediments were falling out of suspension like a marine dust. The new deposit was settling and compacting under its own weight. It was beginning a long process that would very slowly turn it into limestone. That limestone is still there, exposed along Rte. 9W.
Do clams have consciousness? Did our clams experience fear? Did they have any awareness of what had befallen them? Did they actually decide what to do? We really don’t know. We suspect that they may well have been equipped with some sort of automatic response system that allowed them to deal with what should have been a scary situation. We guess that we will never know for sure.
A look at the fossil record.
To geologists, there is a simple question. How did these waterfalls, with their hazards, come into existence? Haven’t waterfalls just always been there? Well no they haven’t; they were brought into existence by geological processes. We just have to be observant enough to figure out those processes.
Why is it that when a large group of mammoth bones are found, a disproportionate number of them are males?
Make your way to Rte. 214 and head north until you reach Stony Clove Gap. That’s a very sizable boulder at the Devil’s Tombstone Campground in the eastern Catskills.
The Mountain Top Arboretum, located just north of Tannersville, is home to a collection of mostly local and native tree species.
Good hiking weather is coming up soon enough. Maybe you should climb Overlook and see the geology up there for yourself.
It’s an important unit of time here in the Catskills.