Taughannock Falls

One of my favorite sights in the Ithaca area is Taughannock Falls in Taughannock Sate Park. https://parks.ny.gov/parks/taughannockfalls The falls plunge over 200 feet in a gorge that is over 400 feet deep. It is truly spectacular. Over the last few weeks we have had a lot of snow followed by rain swelling the falls to an impressive amount of water cascading into the plunge pool. Since the end of last ice age roughly 10,000 years ago https://www.lifeinthefingerlakes.com/geological-history-and-glacial-formation-of-the-finger-lakes/ the falls have move about 3/4 of a mile away from Cayuga Lake. I am fascinated by the rock formations and stress lines, left over from the rise of the Appalachians, still quite visible in the walls of the canyon. Another cool remnant of the ice age are the erratics (largish granit boulders) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glacial_erratic we find while putting in flower beds in our yard. These rocks have become part of our beds (mainly because they are too heavy to move!). I feel so blessed to live in a part of this world full of beauty as well as an interesting geological past.

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