The Hitchcocks. March 27, 2011Posted by littlebangtheory in Art and Nature.
Tags: Hadley, Lake Hitchcock, Mount Hitchcock, Northampton, Pleistocene epoch, South Hadley, varves.
That would be Mount Hitchcock, straddling the border between Hadley and South Hadley, Massachusetts, and here seen presiding over the flood plains along the Connecticut River:
The foreground puddle is a remnant of melting snow; these fields will be plowed for corn when they’re dry enough.
…and Lake Hitchcock: The plains of Northampton and Hadley are vestiges of the lake-bottom varves, or seasonally deposited sediments, laid down by the Pleistocene-era Lake Hitchcock, which stretched about two hundred miles from northern Vermont to southern Connecticut between 15,000 and 12,000 years ago. The lake eventually found a path around its terminal moraine dam down by present-day Rocky Hill, CT and the lake drained, leaving only the current Connecticut River in its place, here seen passing beneath the Cooley-Dickenson Bridge between Northampton and Hadley:
This is another example of a failed sunset foray producing something else worth looking at, at least for me!