Exploring Stone Walls: A Field Guide to New England's Stone Walls

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, May 26, 2009 - Nature - 208 pages
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The only field guide to stone walls in the Northeast.


Exploring Stone Walls is like being in Thorson's geology classroom, as he presents the many clues that allow you to determine any wall's history, age, and purpose. Thorson highlights forty-five places to see interesting and noteworthy walls, many of which are in public parks and preserves, from Acadia National Park in Maine to the South Fork of Long Island. Visit the tallest stone wall (Cliff Walk in Newport, Rhode Island), the most famous (Robert Frost's mending wall in Derry, New Hampshire), and many more. This field guide will broaden your horizons and deepen your appreciation of New England's rural history.
 

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Contents

Chapter 1Life and Habitat
3
Animals
11
Birth of Stones
18
Chapter 3Minerals and RockType
27
Rock Types
33
of Stones in a Wall
39
Glacier Marks
48
Weathering
50
Chapter 8Chronology and Age
88
Cultural Stage
95
Chapter 9Classification and Naming
101
Stonewall Provinces
118
Subregions
125
Noteworthy Walls
140
Stone Walls and the Ecosystem
151
Maps
157

PART IIA CLOSER LOOK AT WALLS
57
Symmetry
63
Placement
70
Chapter 7Layout and Purpose
78
Tools and Equipment
165
Life List of Walls
171
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Robert M. Thorson is the winner of the 2003 Connecticut Book Award for Stone by Stone: The Magnificent History of New England's Stone Walls. He is a professor of geology at the University of Connecticut and cofounder of the Stone Wall Initiative, which supports the appreciation and preservation of historic walls. He writes a weekly op-ed column for The Hartford Courant.

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