Architectural Jointing

Cornell Botanic Gardens: Fall Creek Gorge Tour

Architectural Jointing

Ithaca, New York 14850, United States

Created By: Cornell Botanic Gardens


Notice the shape of the flat rock faces of the gorge walls in front of you. The rock has fallen away along fractures that intersect at nearly right angles—an effect called architectural jointing. These rock ledges are ideal places for cliff-nesting birds, including red-tailed hawks, to build their nests.

Click the video link to view a one-minute video of red tailed hawks feeding their chicks in a nest in this gorge.

This point of interest is part of the tour: Cornell Botanic Gardens: Fall Creek Gorge Tour


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