Bedrock of WNY - Escarpments, Faults, Buried Valleys, and More
Presented by Raymond C. Vaughan, Ph.D., P.G.
While Western New York may seem like a classic case of layer-cake stratigraphy, there are still a number of noteworthy features and questions about our local bedrock and how it has evolved over hundreds of millions of years. Ray Vaughan will talk about some of the bedrock that’s now gone, the edges of which define the Niagara and Onondaga Escarpments. He’ll also discuss faults and buried valleys in relation to drainage pathways and other factors. At the end he’ll mention several questions that remain unanswered and may be fruitful topics for further research.
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This event has been approved for one Professional Development Hour and a certificate will be provided at no charge!
This will be a hybrid event. We encourage everyone to attend in person and enjoy an evening with colleagues and Curly's outstanding fare. But if you can't attend in person, a Zoom link will be sent to your email within 24 hours of the event. This will be our first hybrid meeting and can't guarantee that the technology will be foolproof!
Raymond C. Vaughan, Ph.D., P.G., is a professional geologist and environmental scientist in Buffalo. He’s semi-retired, does some consulting, and has worked on local environmental issues with Clean Air Coalition and others. Earlier in his career, he worked for 33 years in research and development in Niagara Falls and Buffalo, then from 2000 to 2012 as an environmental scientist in the NYS Attorney General’s Office. He has served since 1997 on the West Valley Citizen Task Force which advises NYSERDA and the U.S. Department of Energy on cleanup issues at the West Valley nuclear waste site. From 1980 to 1999 he served on the Town of Hamburg Conservation Advisory Board. He currently sits on the boards of the Buffalo Society of Natural Sciences (Buffalo Museum of Science and Tifft) as well as the Nature Sanctuary Society of WNY, and he formerly served on the Western New York Land Conservancy board from 1991 to 2002. He has a wide range of interests including WNY history, on which he has presented at conferences in Buffalo, Lewiston, and Edinburgh, Scotland. Canoeing, hiking, and sailing are favorite activities, and if he can combine hiking with outcrop and the murmur of flowing water, so much the better – which means you’ll often find him in one of Western New York’s beautiful bedrock gorges!
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5:30-6:30 pm Registration and Social Hour (cash bar)
6:30-7:30 pm Buffet Dinner
7:00 - 8:00 Presentation
Dinner to include garden salad, seasonal veg, whipped potato, thyme chicken, top round beef, salmon with dill, and key lime tart.