View Full Version : Glacier scarring?
03-21-2006, 03:33 PM
I was going to PM Mark S. about this, but thought maybe others know or want to know about this. Last summer going up WHP from rt. 23, I noticed groves in the rock similar to glacial cuts I have seen on Vromans Nose near Middleberg. I of course forgot all about it until today when hiking WHP. The rock was still ice covered, but I found a couple groves running N-S. I'm not sure about the direction of the groves on Vromans Nose. This exposed rock , where the path has eroded thru, is above the lean-to, but below the pines with the bridges through them.
By the way the trail is open, with little ice, great views early afternoon.
03-21-2006, 03:54 PM
Something like Striations:
Might ask Robert Titus at the Kingston dinner!!
03-21-2006, 08:26 PM
Glacial striations are found in many areas of the Catskills. The direction of the marks varies with the direction of the glacial advances through the different valleys. Glaciers advanced from the northeast thru East Windham and generally followed along the path of NY Route 23 to the southwest and then west down the Batavia Kill valley. However, wherever the ice had an opportunity to ooze through a notch it could start a finger off the main glacier. A south advancing arm would probably have flowed through the notch between Elm Ridge and Windham High Peak near the lean-to. I will definitely look for those striations the next time I hike Windham.
Robert Titus's book The Catskills in the Ice Age does mention other "dance floors" (glacially scraped flat rock areas where the soil has not yet reformed over the rock) similar to the one on Vroman's Nose. The closest in appearance to Vroman's is on top of the Pratt Rocks. It also has glacial striations on the dance floor, as well as a magnificent view of the Schoharie Valley toward Vly Mountain. There are also several dance floors around North Lake.
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