Q. Why is this limestone in the below video, taken at Taughannock Falls State Park, rippled? Take a look nd see if you can figure it out! (The answer will be at the bottom of the post.)
Have you joined us on one of our Gorge Walks? If not you should! They are a lot of fun and you can explore our local geology with Museum educators. You can journey into the rock at a different state park each Friday in August from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. No registration is required! Free for everyone (you must pay for any parking fees)!
August 20th: Watkins Glen State Park
Meet at the end of the lower (main) parking lot, near the beginning of the trail.
Next weeks walk:
August 27th: Buttermilk Falls State Park
Meet near the bottom of Buttermilk Falls and the start of the Gorge Trail
About the James Potorti Interpretive Gorge Walks:
PRI has been offering summer gorge walks for 12 years. They were officially renamed in 2005 to the James Potorti Interpretive Gorge Walks in memory of Ithaca native James E. Potorti, who died in the September 11, 2001 attacks. The renaming of the walks was a result of an endowment gift to the Museum from his widow, Nikki Stern, Executive Director of Families of September 11. Potorti, 52, was a vice president at Marsh & McLennan, a financial services company, and worked on the 94th floor of 1 World Trade Center. His first career, however, was as a geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey. He grew up in Ithaca and attended SUNY Oswego.
A.) The pits in the limestone are caused by acid in the rain.