STS106-710-60
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Image Caption: Source: Kim Willis
Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Partial sunglint highlights the coastline and brings out subtle details
in the waters around Massachusetts. The maximum advance of an ice sheet
23,000 years ago is marked by the unique shape of Cape Cod and by the
islands of Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard. Rocks and debris left at the
edges of the ice fronts made parts of the landscape slightly higher and
more resistant to erosion. Glacial retreat and sea level rise covered
the lower ground and gave us the more modern coastline that we are
familiar with. The city of New Bedford can be located near the coast and
just below the circular lakes of Long Pond, Great Quiittacas Pond, and
Assawompset Pond.