Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Did You Know Tuesday

Did you know that scientists believe that they have located the first lake that ever formed in Maine? Believed to have been the first lake that formed after the glaciers receeded, Sargent Mountain Pond sits on top of Mount Desert Island, 1,060 feet above sea level. Small by lake standards, it measures only about one acre in size and 10 feet deep but is estimated to be over 17,000 years old.

photo of Sargent Mtn Pond from http://www.flickr.com/photos/jere7my/3879642519/

It is thought that when the glaciers melted and retreated north, this high point along the Maine coast would have been exposed sooner than lakes that formed inland, such as Moosehead Lake and the Twin Lakes chain in Millinocket. When the mountain was released from the icy prison, this would’ve formed from ice left behind.

The Bangor Daily News has the story here. Note: don’t know how long the link will be available to this story.

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