Monday, July 29, 2013

Lester Park, Saratoga Springs, New York

©2013 Steve Borichevsky

Today, I want to show you a little point of interest just outside of Saratoga Springs, New York. Lester Park has two pretty cool features. On one side of the road is an exposed section of a 490 million year old sea bottom that was fossilized.  Across the road is an old limestone quarry. Both are accessible, just hop out of the car and step on the seabed!

Below are pictures of fossilized blue-green algae blooms called stromatolites that I took after a rain.

©2013 Steve Borichevsky

©2013 Steve Borichevsky

©2013 Steve Borichevsky

©2013 Steve Borichevsky

©2013 Steve Borichevsky

Across the road are the remains of the kiln used to make agricultural lime. The area’s soils are very sandy and acidic and the lime helps condition the soil for growing crops. 

©2011 Steve Borichevsky

A photo of the quarry.

©2011 Steve Borichevsky

You can find Lester Park on Petrified Gardens Road.

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5 comments:

Amazing wonders in my life said...

Wow... Thats really awesome

Margaret Adamson said...

Wow again! that is amazing and great that your shot it and shared it with us. Thanks.

Frank said...

Cool piece of geological history.

The Furry Gnome said...

Fascinating pictures of the stromatolites! I've never seen anything like it.

Gary said...

Interesting area!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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