|Harbor on a Saturday Morning|
|Erlend's boat in town|
|Follow the ridges you can see somewhat parallel to the coastline inland...those are the stair-steps|
In reality, they are the type of landscape feature that surficial geologists dream of (very sequential, easy to recognize in person and from aerial photos, just subtle enough that you can still drive people nuts by getting really excited about them). The only problem with them though has been the availability of dateable material (carbon, not romance) without bringing in heavy 'fern gully' destroying-type machinery. Today we were shown a way to get at the samples needed for radiocarbon dating by the rabbits: Rabbit holes. They are excellent little amateur archaeologists and in many locations have found habitat under the massive peat layers. Our systematic inventory of areas suitable for sampling consisted of starting at the first of the ridges, then following them until we found a hole. Q: Are there shells in the bottom of the hole from Petre Rabbitsan? A: Yes...try there. Next ridge. This is in reality a gross oversimplification but suitable for the purpose of finding shells under thick organic material forming for thousands of years. You ain't just digging...
I will let the pictures and captions tell the rest of the story because it is a beautiful night, the midnight sun will be out in 30 minutes, and I have to try and see if I can get FaceTime to wish my mother, Brenda, a very happy birthday. Please feel free to send warm birthday wishes to: email@example.com. Extra points for further distance from Farmington, ME. She'd think it was great! Night...
|Shells are found quite quickly beneath the surface but be weary of areas that have already been dug by human hands. Is that really a viking ship? Don't mind us, just passing through...|
|Much of the soil here under the peat is comprised of marine carbonates. Many different types of shells are present and in tact just as common as pebbles in Maine|
|With scale and a bit closer up|
|The rabbit hole produces...|
|Sam shows where to find them...|
|Now Sam shows the pronounced marine terrace of _____ years ago...|
|Still good luck?|
|Rainbows are apparently a dime a dozen here|
|Time Stamp: 12:01 am, Sunday, 6/7/2015. Happy Graduation Thornton Academy Seniors!|