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In Brice, Glacial Topography, Guest Writers, Vital Information on November 17, 2010 by Two Barbers Tagged: , , ,

Geology of Long Island

Have you ever wondered why certain roadways are located where they are on Long Island?

Way before bulldozers, the glaciers were the perfect dynamic system for excavation, trenching and grading.  For example, Route 106 north of Northern Boulevard was actually at one point in time a rapidly flowing melt water stream that cut through the sediment deposited by the Wisconsinan glacial period (more on that to come).  This extremely turbulent melt water stream created a natural roadway that water, boulders, cobbles, pebbles, sand, silt and clay could travel on.  Some boulders as big as an eighteen wheeler were transported by this turbulent melt water stream.

Think about the amount of water necessary to move something that big. Quite honestly, I find this to be a hell a lot more remarkable than what the tabloids are saying or Facebook.

So next time you’re driving on Northern Boulevard, the Grand Central or Hempstead Turnpike think about what was here long before us Long Islanders developed these lands.  This puts a lot into perspective when thinking about each one of our lives in general.

Hope you have enjoyed this, the first blog that I have written for Two Barbers. And don’t worry, I will be dorking out in the not so distant future.  So stay tuned.

-Brice, R.G. (…resident geologist)

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5 Responses to “Vital Information”

  1. Great start Brice!
    Some comments:
    1. Par#1 after question. Be consistent – capitalize Northern Blvd. (25A) like you did later.
    2. Par#2 – “quite” should start a new sentence, leave out hell, and leave out “are saying” after tabloids.
    3. Par#3 – I don’t get the Northern Blvd. connection with Grand Central and Hempstead Tpke. Are these things you will talk about in the future? If so say so as a tease and a connector. Tell them so they come back and check again.
    4. What does two barbers have to do with geology? Why is this dorking?

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  3. bruce!

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