For this week’s photo challenge, I’m taking you back to the summer of 2008 in my home state of Massachuestts. Our destination is Shelburne Falls, a quintessential New England town along the Mohawk Trail and Deerfield River. Isn’t it grand?
At the end of the last Ice Age, glaciers covering this area began to recede, swirling silt and granite in a scouring motion that drilled holes in the bedrock below.
As a result of the constant whirling of granite stones, the potholes (known geologically as “kettles”) took on a remarkably symmetrical and round shape.
Since 2002, access to the potholes is prohibited due to hazardous conditions and numerous injuries.
However, because this is Massachusetts, no one pays attention to the law, and the police know it’s useless to enforce…especially on hot August days! 😉
There are more than 50 potholes to explore, ranging in size from 6″ to 39′ in diameter.
The shadings and striations in the ancient granite are a grand geological sight.
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Until next time….
🙂 🙂 🙂
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