Genesee River Gorge: Geology
Post-glacial erosion has exposed the geologic history of Rochester extending back hundreds of millions of years. During the past 12,000 years the Genesee River has cut and shaped the underlying bedrock to form Rochester's gorge and three falls. The section of bedrock exposed in the gorge below the Bausch Memorial Bridge is Silurian age and was deposited approximately 430 million years ago.
The High Falls is approximately 90 feet high, Middle Falls is about 20 feet high and the Lower Falls is about 110 feet high. The combined vertical drop of the three falls exceeds that of Niagara Falls.
Location. 43° 9.945′ N, 77° 37.204′ W. Marker is in Rochester, New York, in Monroe County. Marker is on Smith Street ¼ mile from Lake Ave, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rochester NY 14608, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Genesee River Gorge: Industrial & Urban Development (a few steps from this marker); Genesee River Gorge: Centuries of Conflict in Pleasant Valley (approx. 0.3 miles away); Genesee River Gorge: 20,000 Years in the Making (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Genesee Brew House Building
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 23, 2012, by Yugoboy of Rochester, New York. This page has been viewed 401 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on December 23, 2012, by Yugoboy of Rochester, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.