Monday, April 26, 2010


This slab of stone brings to mind some ancient monolith, but it's actually part of the Geological Rock Park tucked beside the Thomas O'Brien Academy of Arts and Sciences inside Lincoln Park.

The Park consists of rows of boulders lining a path running roughly southeast of the school and just a stone's throw (pun unintended) from the shale-lined Beaverkill gully. Close to the school there is a sign identifying the specimen boulders which include various types of limestone, dolostone, garnet, and slate.

The Park's location is appropriate since this was once part of the estate of Professor James Hall, a man remembered as one of the country's leading 19th-century geologists and paleontologists, and the boulders are overlooked by the building that once housed Hall's work.

Another monolith of sorts, the soaring Corning Tower, looms in the background, along with the New York State Museum (which now holds Hall's collections) and the twin spires of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

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