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New York Landscape Regions in Google Earth: Taconic Mountains
The Taconic Mountains tour highlights the geology and natural environment of several landscape regions, including the structure of the Highlands Province basement rocks, which were affected by the Taconic Orogeny. Students can view biotite-rich schists and the tight isoclinic folds of the Walloomsac Formation, as well as the Taconic angular unconformity at the south end of Becraft Mountain. Bedding thrusts are also evident within the Roundout Formation and overlying Manlius Formation. They can also examine metamorphosed Briarcliff Dolostone containing yellow, white and black chert layers and Everett Phylite, which represents a metamorphic lithologic transition from slate to phyllite. Dramatically folded calcareous rocks are visible at the Bennington, Vermont bypass, and students can also view Stark's Knob, where pillow lavas formed as Ordovician basalts erupted under the waters of a shallow sea.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Computer activity
    • Field trip - virtual
  • Geographical Sciences:
    • Physical geography
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Geology
    • Mineralogy or petrology
    • Structural geology
Technical requirements:
Requires Google Earth software
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright 2006, DLESE New York Landscape Region Project.
DLESE Catalog ID: NYIC-000-000-000-072
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • 5-8:
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Structure of the earth system
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Populations, resources, environments
        • Sci. / tech. in society
    • 9-12:
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Natural resources
        • Sci. / tech. in local, national, and global challenges
  • National Geography Standards:
    • The world in spatial terms:
      • How to use maps and other geographic representations, tools, and technologies to acquire, process, and report information
Related resources:
This resource requires 'User's Manual: New York Landscape Regions In Google Earth'
This resource requires 'Google Earth: Explore, Search and Discover'
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Contributor: Bob Mozer
NY Landscape Regions

Contact: Steve Kluge
No institutional affiliation