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I took the Geologic Time class on the Earthcache Academy site, but am having trouble coming up with an idea for where to put an earthcache. Does anyone have any ideas for places that I could use this?

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If I were developing a specific topic like this, I would probably look at areas that had a great deal of study and interest to geologists. Looks like you're from the New York area, based on your cache hides, so the Shawangunks comes immediately to mind.

 

Starting with the proposed location, I would first look to see who manages the area before beginning, since permission will more than likely be required. Once I'm fairly certain I can get permission, I would start with some general purpose website, such as Wikipedia, University sites, or State Departments of Natural Resources for more information.

 

From there, I would zero in on more specific references to the techniques used to date various minerals, rocks, and rock formations.

 

I used a similar approach to a series of Earthcaches I developed in Idaho, and was lucky enough to find a page that referenced a geologic field trip in the Salmon River area by a graduate level class. Most of my write ups dealt with defining geologic terms, and the Logging Tasks were kind of a "find Waldo" type of thing to apply the lesson to the actual location where the class stopped to observe a feature.

 

Good luck!

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If I were developing a specific topic like this, I would probably look at areas that had a great deal of study and interest to geologists. Looks like you're from the New York area, based on your cache hides, so the Shawangunks comes immediately to mind.

 

Starting with the proposed location, I would first look to see who manages the area before beginning, since permission will more than likely be required. Once I'm fairly certain I can get permission, I would start with some general purpose website, such as Wikipedia, University sites, or State Departments of Natural Resources for more information.

 

From there, I would zero in on more specific references to the techniques used to date various minerals, rocks, and rock formations.

 

I used a similar approach to a series of Earthcaches I developed in Idaho, and was lucky enough to find a page that referenced a geologic field trip in the Salmon River area by a graduate level class. Most of my write ups dealt with defining geologic terms, and the Logging Tasks were kind of a "find Waldo" type of thing to apply the lesson to the actual location where the class stopped to observe a feature.

 

Good luck!

 

I had never heard of the Shawangunks before. I looked it up and that is really far from where I live and I have no plans to head in that direction soon. I'm just trying to come up with a general idea for where I can have one that involves geologic time. A gorge with rock layers was going to be my best guess?

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Hi, I grew up in Rochester and I am guessing you live in Ontario County based on your pattern of hides and finds.

 

The obvious suggestions are Letchworth State Park or the Falls in downtown Rochester. They are so obvious, of course, that there are probably already earthcaches there (I didn't bother checking). You've likely already found them? But if the existing EC's teach different lessons, it's possible to submit a new EC with a completely different geology lesson in the same region. In particular, Letchworth is a honking big place.

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Hi, I grew up in Rochester and I am guessing you live in Ontario County based on your pattern of hides and finds.

 

The obvious suggestions are Letchworth State Park or the Falls in downtown Rochester. They are so obvious, of course, that there are probably already earthcaches there (I didn't bother checking). You've likely already found them? But if the existing EC's teach different lessons, it's possible to submit a new EC with a completely different geology lesson in the same region. In particular, Letchworth is a honking big place.

 

Yes I thought about Letchworth. There are two earthcaches there. One about the waterfalls and the other is about rock I think. I've done one. There is also an earthcache in Rochester about the waterfall.

 

Letchworth is probably a good idea. Thanks for your help

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In 2016, you have a far better chance of getting a well-constructed "geologic time" EC published based on what you learned in that online class, than you would in getting a "waterfall" EC published. So go for it, and good luck! You might see a log from me someday as my family still lives in Rochester and my best friend from high school lives in Dansville. I have 200 finds in New York but no Earthcaches there (yet).

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Try this book:

 

Roadside Geology of New York, by Van Diver, to get ideas for locations. The book covers the whole state.

 

--Matt

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Try this book:

 

Roadside Geology of New York, by Van Diver, to get ideas for locations. The book covers the whole state.

 

--Matt

 

Thanks! I'll check it out.

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What about the Glenmark hills along Glenmark road near North Rose? Nice scenery in there especially where Covell Road comes in.

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