Earth Science of the Northeastern United States

The place where you are right now has a rich geological history that is recorded by the rocks beneath you and the fossils that they may contain. The rocks and fossils reveal the movements of continents and the evolution of new forms of life. This history helps to explain why the Earth looks like it does today. It also explains things like the distributions of natural resources, from rare minerals to rich soils for agriculture. Studying Earth's ancient climate also helps us to make sense of how the climate is changing today and how it will affect us where we live.

The goal of this part of the [email protected] project is to explain the Earth science of the northeastern United States, which is defined here to include Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland. Major regions include the the Central Lowland, Inland Basin, Blue Ridge and Piedmont, Coastal Plain, and Exotic Terrane.


Note: This part of [email protected] is under development.

Overviews of Northeastern U.S. Earth Science

Geologic History

Inland Basin Region

New York, western Vermont, much of Pennsylvania, all of West Virginia, western New Jersey and Maryland.


Earth science of the Finger Lakes region of Central New York (Inland Basin):

Geology of the Finger Lakes
Geology of Taughannock Falls State Park
Geology of Cascadilla Gorge
Geology of Six Mile Creek Natural Area
Finger Lakes Wine and Geology
Ithaca is Gorges: The Glacial Landscape of the Cayuga Lake Basin and Fall Creek