Rome Historical Society speaker to discuss region’s geology May 31

Published May 17, 2018 at 4:00pm

The region of the Oneida Carry is one of the few easily traveled routes from the east coast to the interior of the country.

The Mohawk River has carved this pathway through the bedrock of the Appalachian Plateau that has aided transportation and migration for thousands of years.  

On Thursday, May 31 at 7 p.m. at the Rome Historical Society, 200 Church St., Fort Stanwix volunteer Bob Allers will describe the geologic processes that have modified the region and left the landforms seen today.

Local rock types will be identified and interpretations of how and where they were formed will be presented.

Maps, diagrams and models will be used to show plate tectonic activity during the Paleozoic Era.

Weathering, erosion and deposition by water and glaciers during the Pleistocene Ice Age will complete the descriptions of modifications that left the carry as it appears now.

Allers is a volunteer in parks with the National Park Service at Fort Stanwix National Monument.

He received a bachelor’s degree in geology from Hamilton College and an master’s in geological sciences from SUNY Binghamton.

For 34 years he taught earth science at Vernon-Verona-Sherrill High School and New Hartford schools, and retired in 2010.

He has spent past summers doing research on volcanoes in northern Arizona, sedimentary rocks in the Grand Canyon and glaciers in the Juneau Ice Field.

Further work has also included special projects with the state Education Department, the state Geological Survey, and he has led many field trips for outdoor education groups in Central New York.