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If you have current or historical questions about the Niagara Falls area feel free to e-mail Rick at Niagara Falls is the jewel of geological history in the Niagara District. Rock layers from an oil well boring south of Niagara Falls revealed rock layers to have a thickness of 3,000 feet (914.4 meters).
Consisting of Onondaga limestone cap rock, this escarpment runs through Buffalo, New York and Fort Erie, Ontario.It is estimated that the weight of the glacier depressed the earth 61 meters ( 200 feet).When the glacier retreated the land began to rise in what is referred to as glacial rebound.Throughout its length from Hamilton, Ontario to Watertown, New York the escarpment ranges from 183 meters (600 feet) above sea level to 189 meters (620 feet) above sea level.The Niagara Escarpment is the ultimate reason the Falls of Niagara was born.
The early Wisconsin Glacier covered the Niagara District and most of the northern North America 65,000 years ago.