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for 04-11-2005


Think about these pictures if you are tempted to wander off of marked trails at any waterfall you may visit. You do not want to be part of a tragedy like some that have occurred in the Ithaca area.

The picture below was our first picture of Taughannock Falls taken in August 2001. Subsequent photos show the continual process that is forming the Taughannock Creek canyon. The soft shales and the numerous fractures make the gully building process easy work. Click each of the cameras to see the process over time.

August, 2001

November 9, 2002

November 16, 2002

August 27, 2005

The inset below is the same scale to give you
an idea of the size of the rockfall.