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How did Cape Cod form? Part 3: Continental Glaciers

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Teacher Joe Reilly explains that colossal ice sheets helped to form the landscape of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Due to a cooling climate, over several episodes ending about 18,000 years ago, continental glaciers covered much of North America, carrying sediment from north to south toward the ocean. These glaciers left behind different-sized sediments, including the millions of tons of fine sediment and sand that today make up Cape Cod. Over time, these sediments were redistributed along the coast, building the Cape's famous hook, in processes that can still be observed today. Featured Scientist: Sherilyn Williams Stroud, Ph.D.

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NSES Standard

Grades 5-8 Standard D. Landforms are the result of a combination of constructive (sedimentation, volcanoes) and destructive forces (weathering and erosion).


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