geoscience vtrip - intrusion and minor faulting, the area...

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Bear Mountain State Park located in Bear Mountain, NY. Along the Hudson River, Bear Mountain was named because the profile of the mountain resembles a bear lying down.
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Now part of the Palisades Interstate Park Commission, the area was saved in the early 1900s as development along the river began to destroy much of the area's natural beauty. Many efforts were made to preserve the area. Led by Union Pacific railroad president E.W. Harriman, a group of wealthy and influential businessman donated land as well as large sums of money for the purchase of other properties in the area.
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Part of the Hudson Highlands here is part of the Hessian lake.
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This area contains some of the oldest rocks in the Appalachians. The now crystalline rocks were originally formed in a volcanic arc as volcanic and sedimentary rocks about 1.2-1.3 billion years ago. Besides several times of magma
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Unformatted text preview: intrusion and minor faulting, the area remained fairly quiet until it was glaciated during the last ice age which ended about 12,000 years ago. Active research projects are further refining this history. There are folds in rock strata, faults that formed under a variety of conditions, intrusions of magma. The glacial features include glacial erratic, polished rock surfaces, ice striations, pot holes, a glacial delta and even the fjord of the Hudson River. This is one of the trails of Bear Mountain. These trails give panoramic views of the area. Lately there has been a concerted effort to preserve the Highlands on the private, state and federal level primarily to protect our water resources. The science behind the industrial development and environmental issues can be shown in rock exposures along the trails thus benefiting hikers, just like me!...
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This note was uploaded on 03/19/2008 for the course GEO 010 taught by Professor Alley during the Fall '07 term at Pennsylvania State University, University Park.

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