Can You Imagine New York during the Ice Age?” with Mike Kaplan

Can You Imagine the New York Area during the Ice Age?” with Mike Kaplan

Originally presented 3 Dec 2016

     We are pleased to welcome back to E2C Dr. MIKE KAPLAN. Mike is a Lamont Associate Research professor whose research areas include the glacier and climate history of southern South America, New Zealand, Antarctica, and eastern North America. In this workshop, Mike will focus on the effects of the last Ice Age here in the NYC area. As part of this program, Mike will lead (weather permitting) a geological walk to sites on the Lamont campus and vicinity where you can see evidence of the advance and retreat of the ice sheets. This can be a model for field experiences you can develop for your students.

Mike Kaplan’s home page

Glacial Striations in Central Park NYC (



Selected Resources

Cottrell, E, “Glaciers in New York City: An Introduction to Regional Geology”

Sanders, J. E., and Merguerian, Charles, 1994b, The glacial geology of New York City and vicinity, pp. 93-200 in A. I. Benimoff, ed., The Geology of Staten Island, New York, Field guide and proceedings, The Geological Association of New Jersey, XI Annual Meeting, 296 p.

Merguerian, Charles, and Merguerian, Mickey, 2004, Geology of Central Park–From Rocks to Ice.

NYC Park, “Hot Rocks: A Geological History of New York City”

Reeds, C.A. “Geology of New York City and Vicinity” (Natural History Magazine 1922)

“Shaped by Nature and Man: The Geological History of the Palisades” (Young Natural Awards 2001)

Glacial Concepts




3-D display of the NY metropolitan area geology in the AMNH New York State Hall



Left: Haring Rock in Tenafly NJ
Right: Tripod Rock (

Previous E2C Workshops Presented by Mike Kaplan:

How Have Glaciers Behaved in Patagonia?” (Oct 2014)               “Shrinking Glaciers: A Chronology of Climate Change” (Oct 2013)


Glacial Features in Manhattan? Naw, couldn’t be! But there are, some only approachable by kayak!


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Glacial pothole located just off the trail in Inwood Hill Park.     Princess Naomi poses beside glacial pothole. Source Inwood Hill Park on the island of Manhattan, Reginald Bolton, 1932.

And even mastodons!


For an overview of the geologic and glacial history of the NY metropolitan area: Bedrocks of the Newark Basin.

Learn more about varves in Glacial Lake Hackensack


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