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Laurentide

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I have a favorite glacier (ice sheet, if we want to get technical about it). Its name is Laurentide and it's long gone, though its effects have had an impact far too great to measure. 

I realize all this is super dorky or perhaps a little too precious but my love for it is true, regardless. I'll let the United States Geological Survey explain:

Sometime after 23,000 years ago, the glacier reached its maximum advance, a position marked approximately by the islands of Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard. The ice sheet was characterized by lobes that occupied large basins in the bedrock surface. These lobes were responsible for the location and overall shape of Cape Cod and the islands. During the maximum ice advance the landscape, where Cape Cod was soon to be, was glacial ice to the horizon.

Within a few thousand years or possibly less, the ice sheet started to retreat rapidly, and by 18,000 years ago, it had retreated away from Cape Cod and into the Gulf of Maine, which lies to the east and to the north of the Cape. Thus the retreat of the ice from the islands to a position north of Cape Cod may have taken only a few thousand years. By roughly 15,000 years ago, the ice had retreated from the Gulf of Maine and all of southern New England.
— Geologic History of Cape Cod by Robert N. Oldale

Cape Cod has inspired many millions of people. We should all be just a little bit in love with Laurentide, right?

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