Geology of the Finger Lakes

Sun, 2020-01-05 09:09 -- gsparrow
5 Jan
John Gilrein

THE 2020 NARGS Annual General Meeting will take place in Ithaca, which is at the head of Cayuga Lake, the second largest of New York’s Finger Lakes. The Finger Lakes are a group of 11 long, narrow lakes created by glaciation, and they are a geologically unique area. This area is also noted for spectacular scenery, and thanks to those climate moderating lakes, it is New York’s premier wine-growing region. This article explains, in simplified terms, why there are Finger Lakes and other interesting aspects of our local geology.  Understanding how our scenery was created makes my travel through the area more interesting.


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