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Geologic History of Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Cape Cod is a sandy peninsula built mostly during the ice age and juts into the Atlantic Ocean like a crooked arm . 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

This report is preliminary and has not been reviewed for conformity with U.S. Geological Survey editorial standards or with the North American Stratigraphic Code. The use of trade, product, or industry names in this report is for descriptive or location purposes only and does not constitute endorsement of products by the U.S. Government. Opinions and conclusions expressed herein do not necessarily represent those of the USGS.


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