Ninety miles north of New York City in Dutchess County lies Stissing Mountain and the village of Pine Plains. Here, as in other parts of the world, each individual feature of the landscape is the home of definite plants and animals whose lives depend upon their environment and upon each other.

This hall is intended to give you a better understanding of a living landscape.

In This Hall

Glaciation

Glaciation

This case contains a triassic sandstone slab showing evidence of glaciation, and photographs of glacial features in the present landscape. 

Soils and Soil Conservation

Soils and Soil Conservation

This case contains three large soil sections, as well as a collection of rocks that weather into sands, silts, and clays.

Life in The Soil

Life in The Soil

Life in the soil is ordinarily invisible to man, but it is an important factor in the existence of life above.

Roots in the Soil

Roots in the Soil

Roots serve as anchorage for plants and help to reduce soil erosion. But their chief function is to absorb water from the soil, thereby obtaining nutrients in solution for nourishment.

Fertilizers in the Soil

Fertilizers in the Soil

In the fall man takes crops away, and unless he makes replacements of some sort, the soil becomes poor and useless.

From Field to Lake

From Field to Lake

A block of ice embedded in sand and gravel melted about 15,000 years ago, leaving this pond known as a glacial kettle.

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Felix M. Warburg Hall of New York State Environment