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Meander B

Field conditions at Meander Area B

The feature we are calling "Meander Area B" lies immediately east of the NYS Thruway bridge, and is partially bi-sected by it.

This feature is an elongated meander of the original river, which has been isolated by the realignment project necessitated by the building of the Thruway bridge in the 1950s. Because the new channel was cut through the meander a few hundred feet south of its neck, virtually the entire feature is still visible today, although much disturbed by construction impacts from a variety of sources.

Unlike both areas A and C, this meander remains open to this day and appears never to have had a significantly narrow neck, except at its most southern extreme.

The reason this feature draws our attention is not because of its configuration, but rather because of its position and size. It represents the most prominent narrow meander within the study area, and if we assume that the prominence given to the 1730 feature by early map makers was at all associated to its prominence in the real world, this feature needed to be examined in some deatail.

It appears, however, that this meander was never cut off at any time in its history, and that it has had virtually this same appearance since prehistoric times.

To support this conclusion required the greatest amount of analysis and documentation of all three features, and you can read that discussion for yourself by following the link below to the full report text.

So in spite of the prominence of this feature within the study area, it cannot be considered a candidate for the place of the historic 1730 "canal".

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