Granite Foundations

Granite Foundations (HM20F5)

Location: Mount Desert, ME 04660 Hancock County
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Country: United States of America
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N 44° 19.483', W 68° 15.012'

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Acadia National Park

Rounded mountains, a deep lake, and sheer cliffs reveal this valley's icy past. But long before glaciers sculpted Acadia's surface, the granite foundation was forged deep in the Earth. Over 500 million years ago, colliding continents created a mass of hot magma, or molten rock, far below the Earth's surface. It cooled and crystallized, creating the strong, beautiful Cadillac granite, admired for its distinctive pink, gray, and black minerals. Hundreds of millions of years of erosion, including a final polish by mile-thick glaciers, gradually shaped the resistant granite into the landscape you enjoy today.Glacial ErraticsSee the large boulder in the lake to your left? Like Bubble Rock (photo at left), it is a glacial erratic: a rock carried here by ice from a different location. Both boulders are made of Lucerne granite, glacially transported more than 30 miles from the northwest. Compare the Lucerne and Cadillac granites for differences in color and crystal size.MoraineAs the glaciers melted, they left a mound of rock, gravel, and sand here.Look for glacial evidence as you travel about the park. Notice the north-south alignments of ridges, valleys, elongated lakes, and coves created by rivers of ice. Watch for rocks that glaciers scattered erratically across the landscape.
HM NumberHM20F5
Placed ByNational Park Service
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Date Added Friday, August 4th, 2017 at 4:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)19T E 559785 N 4908212
Decimal Degrees44.32471667, -68.25020000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 19.483', W 68° 15.012'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 19' 28.98" N, 68° 15' 0.72000000000003" W
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Area Code(s)207
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Jordan Pond Path, Mount Desert ME 04660, US
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