August 20, 2012

Monday Geology Picture(s): Maine Geology Extravaganza!

Posted by Evelyn Mervine

Some neat fractured rocks (granite?) with veins (quartz?). Photo taken at Owl's Head State Park in Maine.

Adam and Kelly, my friends from college, recently (back in June) were married. For their honeymoon Adam and Kelly went to Maine. Adam was kind enough to send me some geology-themed pictures from their honeymoon, and I thought I’d share them here on Georneys. These pictures are from Owl’s Head State Park and Acadia National Park. I’ve provided a few notes about the photos, but please feel free to leave comments with additional insights and observations, particularly if you are familiar with the geology of the two parks. Perhaps we can tell Adam and Kelly a little more about the rocks they saw on their honeymoon. Here’s a great website by the National Park Service on the geology of Acadia National Park.

Here are some pictures from Thunder Hole in Acadia National Park:

Granite versus ocean at Thunder Hole.

Water rushing by granite in Thunder Hole.

At Thunder Hole water can splash up to 40 feet high! The hole is a popular tourist attraction, but you need to be careful when the sea is rough. In 2009 several people were swept into the ocean when they were visiting Thunder Hole.

Here are some pictures from Little Hunter’s Beach in Acadia National Park:

Interesting rock texture at Little Hunter's Beach.

Cobbles at Little Hunter's Beach.

Another view of the cobbles at Little Hunter's Beach.

Adam tells me that the cobbles from Little Hunter’s Beach were used in the past to pave New England streets. They certainly look like cobblestone street cobbles!

Thanks so much for sharing these pictures, Adam! Also, congratulations, Adam and Kelly!