THE GLENDALE FALLS PROJECT: A MULTI-UNIVERSITY, WEB-BASED, STRUCTURAL/PETROLOGIC RESEARCH SITE IN WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS
We propose to establish a multi-college/university research site at Glendale Falls. The first step will be to construct a high-resolution, 3-D, georeferenced topographic base map. The base map (in GIS format) will be accessible on the web. Data and interpretation layers will be added to the GIS progressively during class research projects, thesis projects and ongoing faculty research. One goal is to construct a detailed geologic map of the locality using sketching grids (square grids placed on the outcrop to aid sketching and mapping) and georeferenced digital imagery. Different college and university classes could complete parts of the grid map and integrate their map with the growing composite. Additional research might involve geophysical analysis, microstructural and petrologic analysis, geochronology, and modeling. The growing database would also be accessible as a virtual research locality. It could be used as the basis for class projects or to prepare for a research visit to the locality. We hope that the accessible, multi-college/university character of the project will allow students to feel that they are contributing to a larger, tectonically and topically significant research effort. We also hope that this site will serve as a model or template for establishing similar research sites in other parts of the country.