Glacial Geology of Caumsett State Park
and Huntington-Northport Area

Field Trip led by Bret Bennington and Gil Hanson


Photos, PowerPoints, and Guidebooks from the Trip

Quicktime slide show (with music!) (6.9 mb).

Thumbnails linked to full size jpg images.

"Geology of Caumsett State Park" PowerPoint presentation (web format).

"Glacial Features of the Huntington and Northport Area, Long Island" PowerPoint presentation (web format).

"Glacial Features of the Huntington and Northport Area, Long Island" Field trip guide and road log (web format).

Download as MS Word document.


Panoramas from the beach cliffs at Caumsett and field trip stops in Northport

QTVR panorama of the sediments exposed in the cliffs near the fishing access at the west end of Caumsett State Park (1.3 mb).

The contact between the upper gently dipping Pleistocene outwash gravels and the lower Cretaceous sands is visible as an orange band in the center of the cliff face.

QTVR panorama of the sediments exposed in the cliffs east of the previous panorama (1.3 mb).

Most of the sediments visible in this panorama are Cretaceous sands. Some Pleistocene sediments are visible near the top of the exposure.

QTVR panorama of the sediments exposed in the cliffs near the east end of Caumsett State Park (1.3 mb).

Sediments exposed in this panorama are predominantly Pleistocene tills.

QTVR panorama of Stop #1, Veterans Memorial Park (1.7 mb).

360° view of terminal moraine ridge and foot of outwash plain.

QTVR panorama of Stop #2, Nature Preserve in Northport (3.9 mb).

360° view of large kettle depression.

QTVR panorama of Stop #3, Steers Pit overlook, Northport (332 kb).

View of developed former sand mine in foreground, Northport Bay, Ashroken tombolo, and Eatons Neck in background.

QTVR panorama of Long Island (4.1 mb).

High resolution DEM of Long Island shaded to emphasize topographic highs (compiled by Gil Hanson). This map can be panned across and zoomed.

JPG image of Long Island (6.9 mb).

High resolution JPG of Long Island shaded to emphasize topographic highs (compiled by Gil Hanson). This map is suitable for printing at poster size.

QTVR panorama of Long Island (819 kb).

Lower resolution (faster loading) DEM of Long Island shaded as a topographic atlas (compiled by Bret Bennington). This map can be panned across and zoomed.


Links to Related Information

For more information about the sediment layers exposed at Caumsett State Park, see:

Cliffs and Beach walk at Caumsett State Park by Gloria Mandell

Research report on Cliffs at Caumsett State Park by Gloria Mandell

Bennington, J Bret, and Hakimian, Adina, 2002. Grain-size analysis of Cretaceous and Pleistocene sedimentary facies exposed at Caumsett State Park, Lloyd Neck, New York. Long Island Geologists Conference, Stony Brook, New York, April 2002.

Photos of Cretaceous plant fossils found along the shore of Lloyd Neck, Long Island.

Field activities for high school students at Caumsett by Jane Tofel.

For more information about tunnel valleys and DEMs, see this report by Dr. Gil Hanson at SUNY Stony Brook:

Evaluation of Geomorphology of the Stony Brook-Setauket-Port Jefferson Area Based on Digital Elevation Models

 


Last modified 11-18-02 by Bret Bennington. All rights reserved by the author. This document may not be distributed or posted in any format or reposted on any other server without permission.