Student working on a research project.

What Age Is The Power Glen Formation?

Within the sequence of rocks exposed in the Niagara Escarpment, the Power Glen Formation is an unusual set of dark shales that are sandwiched between the white Whirlpool Sandstone below and the red Medina Sandstone above. Fossils in this interval are few and the age of these rocks are uncertain. Recent geochemical research suggests that they may correspond to an interval of glacial climate and mass extinction. The aim of the project is to obtain microfossils from the Power Glen shales and test this hypothesis.

Research Project Information

Disciplines: chemistry, paleontology
Student Skill-Set Needed: basic geological knowledge, interest in lab and field work, ability to work independently, solve problems, and follow direction
Compensation: Academic Credit, Volunteer
Available: Fall, Spring, Summer


For further information on this opportunity, or to apply, contact:

Faculty Member: Charles E Mitchell
Title: Professor
Department: Geological Sciences
Office: 445 Cooke Hall
Phone: 7166454290