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NYSGA to Google Earth

The New York Geological Association has been holding Field Conferences since 1925, and keeping the Guidebooks that these have generated, since 1956. Essentially “self-published,” these Guidebooks contain detailed descriptions of rocks and localities which cannot be found in any other published source.

In addition to descriptions of rocks, roadcuts and regions, these Guidebooks also contain the interpretations of their authors. Not subjected to the formal peer review process that occurs in other publications, these works are instead subjected to the sometimes spirited criticism which takes place in the field. Unfortunately, that has not been preserved…

Although modified by nature, and often obscured by anthropogenic construction and destruction, most of the rocks are still there. And, thanks to the efforts of the NYSGA, most of the Guidebooks are still with us and available for free as pdf files herein. Thanks to Otto Muller (Alfred University), this treasure trove of geological information is now easily accessible to interested parties by putting their road logs into a kml and kmz format which can be used by Google Earth.  The goal was to put these documents into a modern geographic display. Often the roads have changed, sometimes Interstates and other road construction have removed outcrops, and when it’s been possible to decipher those changes, the modifications are noted. However, changes in the original text from the field guides has been avoided, even if current thinking is at odds with the opinions expressed.