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The Quaternary in New York, US

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Paleontology and geology

Glacial deposits across New York and the Northeast record the movements of enormous ice sheets that periodically covered parts of North America during the Quaternary. Long Island is a terminal moraine that represents the maximum extent of the most recent glacial advance over 20,000 years ago. The ice sheets helped to shape the landscape of New York, scraping off loose rock materials, gouging the bedrock beneath the ice as it advanced, and scouring river valleys. The Finger Lakes are a famous example of lakes formed by glacial scouring. Mammoths and mastodons roamed the landscape. Late Quaternary river and estuarine deposits also occur in New York.

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Garvies Point Museum official website: Garvies Point Museum and Preserve is located on Long Island's north shore in New York State. We are a center for regional geology research. Our exhibits deal with regional (Long Island and New York State) geology, fossilization and minerology and the ehnography and archaeology of northeastern Native Americans. Our exhibit "Drifitng Lands and Ancient Seas" details the geology of New York State coordinated with plate tectonics. 

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