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The Tertiary in New York, US

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Tertiary Fossils

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Paleontology and geology

During the Tertiary, a warm climate promoted chemical weathering and erosion of New York’s rocks. Periodic uplift and significant erosion shaped much of the landscape during this time. Though Tertiary deposits are thick along the continental shelf and most parts of the Coastal Plain, there are very few deposits from this time left in New York. Most of the sediments deposited during the Tertiary were scraped up and pushed south by Quaternary glaciers. Uplift during this time created the Adirondack Mountains of New York, which are composed mainly of exposed Precambrian rock.

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Stony Brook University Vertebrate Fossil Preparation Laboratory: Information on the people and research projects at Stony Brook University; also includes general information on fossil preparation techniques.

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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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