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Geologic History of Cape Cod, Massachusetts

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Glacial Cape Cod
Cape Cod and the Sea
Geologic Mapping
The Ultimate Cape Cod
Selected Reading

Figure 1. Cape Cod
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Fig. 1. Map of Cape Cod and the Islands, Massachusetts
Lighthouse, Cape Cod
Photo from National Park Service

Cape Cod is a sandy peninsula built mostly during the ice age and juts into the Atlantic Ocean like a crooked arm (see Fig. 1 above). Geologists are interested in Cape Cod because it was formed, by glaciers, very recently in terms of geologic time and because of the ever changing shore as the Cape adjusts to the rising sea.

by Robert N. Oldale
U.S. Geologic Survey, Woods Hole Field Center, Massachusetts

Skip past IndexIntroduction Glacial Cape
Cape Cod
and the Sea
Geologic Mapping Ultimate
Cape Cod
Selected Reading

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