Shawangunks Panorama

October 15, 2005

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Provided and copyright by: Rich Macleish, Alexander Hamilton High School
Summary authors & editors: Jim Foster; Rich Macleish

This panorama from the Shawangunks Mountain Range in New York was taken on July 2, 2005, looking south, a little after mid-day. The Shawangunks range is referred to as "the Gunks" by climbers, hikers and mountain bikers. The "Gunks" cliffs are a rock climbers paradise -- they're hundreds of potential climbs to master. This range consists predominately of rounded, quartz pebble conglomerate (Middle Silurian). Approximately 27,000 years ago, glaciers moved down the Hudson Valley and engulfed the “Gunks” in over 4,500 ft (1.433 m) of ice (twice the height of the current range). See also the Earth Science Picture of the Day for November 2, 2004.

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