Exploring Stone Walls: A Field Guide to New England's Stone Walls
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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Chapter 1Life and Habitat
Birth of Stones
Chapter 3Minerals and RockType
of Stones in a Wall
Chapter 8Chronology and Age
Chapter 9Classification and Naming
Stone Walls and the Ecosystem
PART IIA CLOSER LOOK AT WALLS
Chapter 7Layout and Purpose
Tools and Equipment
Life List of Walls
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