A lecture on the geology of the Oneida Carry has been set for May 31st at 7 pm, at the Rome Historical Society.
The region of the Oneida Carry offers one of the few easily traveled routes from the east coast to the interior of the United States. The Mohawk River has carved this pathway through the bedrock of the Appalachian Plateau that has aided transportation and migration for thousands of years.
Fort Stanwix Volunteer Bob Allers will describe the geologic processes that have modified the region and left the landforms we see today. Local rock types will be identified and interpretations of how and where they were formed will be presented. Maps, diagrams, and models will be used to show plate tectonic activity during the Paleozoic Era. Weathering, erosion, and deposition by water and glaciers during the Pleistocene Ice Age will complete the descriptions of modifications that left us with the carry as it appears at the present.
Bob Allers is currently a Volunteer in Parks with the National Park Service at Fort Stanwix National Monument. He received a BA in Geology from Hamilton College and an MAT in Geological Sciences from SUNY Binghamton. For 34 years he taught Earth Science at VVS and New Hartford Schools and retired in 2010. Bob has spent past summers doing research on volcanoes in northern Arizona, sedimentary rocks in the Grand Canyon, and glaciers in the Juneau Ice Field. Further work has also included special projects with the NY State Education Department, the State Geological Survey, and he has led many field trips for outdoor education groups in Central New York.
The Rome Historical Society is located at 200 Church Street in Rome. For more information, call (315) 336-5870 or visit their website.