Acadia's Carriage Roads by Robert Thayer

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The 3rd identify within the Acadia nationwide Park advisor sequence, Acadia's Carriage Roads covers the heritage, geology, and biology of the realm. It comprises functional recommendation and maps to aid viewers get the main from their excursions of the roads, no matter if strolling, by means of bicycle, or on cross-country skis. With their work-of-art stone bridges, those crushed-rock carriage roads — the results of a long time of attempt through philanthropist John D. Rockefeller Jr. — are recognized during the global for his or her attractiveness.

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At nearly every turn and hillside, the road reveals outcroppings of this beautiful, pink-toned rock. Some four hundred million years ago, a giant magma chamber existed beneath this spot. The surface above it experienced volcanic activity, but the magma below would cool and harden several miles within the earth. Slowly, crystals of quartz, hornblende, and feldspar grew large and formed the rock we know as granite. Over many millions of years, erosion has removed the overlying earth, exposing the resistant granites that are the mountains of Acadia.

The moss-faced stones were placed on a wooden form, with the larger ends up (to prevent them from falling when the forms were removed). Then, steel-reinforced concrete was poured over the stones to cement them in place. ” Although each bridge in the system is different, Cobblestone stands alone as the only one not constructed of cut stone. Subsequent bridges were all made from quarried granite, as a ready supply of cobblestones was unavailable. Not everyone shared Simpson’s and Rockefeller’s enthusiasm for the design.

Acadia’s Carriage Roads A passage into the heart of the national park Written and Photographed by Robert A. Thayer Copyright © 2002 Robert A. Thayer ISBN 978-0-89272-551-9 Designed by Lindy Gifford Cover photograph: Cliffside Bridge and its crenellations make a difficult mountainside passable. Title page photograph: Granite bedrock forms an outcropping near Witch Hole Pond. Back cover photograph: The road leading up Day Mountain is resplendent in its autumn colors. 7 Printed in China Distributed by National Book Network The sun rises over Witch Hole Pond.

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