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Polar Bear of the Day (10/31)

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Polar Bear of the Day (10/30)

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Polar Bear of the Day (10/29)

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Polar Bear of the Day (10/28)

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Polar Bear of the Day (10/27)

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Polar Bear of the Day (10/26)

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Polar Bear of the Day (10/25)

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Polar Bear of the Day (10/24)

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Polar Bear of the Day (10/23)

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Polar Bear of the Day (10/22)

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Polar Bear of the Day (10/21)

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Vermont's patiently cataclysmic geologic origins

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I interrupt our regularly scheduled polar bear gallery with a little primer on Vermont geology, for the Green Mountain Boys and Girls out there wondering how the place ended up looking like this.
The view from the Camel’s Hump summit captures a geological story a billion years in the making. What seem like picturesque hills and pastoral valleys are actually the remains of extinct mountains, ancient seas, shredded continents, and titanic collisions. The evidence of this ancient chaos survives in the stone underfoot.
Stone must form before a story is written in it, and stone forms in three ways. Sedimentary rock forms when particles— eroded sand, dissolved insects, decomposed plants, or even volcanic ash— collect and cement together over thousands or millions of years. Igneous rock forms when molten stone seeps upwards from Earth’s superheated, molten innards (the mantle), cooling at or near the surface into solid material. Metamorphic rocks are harder, warped and folded versions of thei…

Polar Bear of the Day (10/20)

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Polar Bear of the Day (10/19)

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Polar Bear of the Day (10/18)

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Polar Bear of the Day (10/17)

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Polar Bear of the Day (10/16)

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Polar Bear of the Day (10/15)

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Polar Bear of the Day (10/14)

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Polar Bear of the Day (10/13)

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Polar Bear of the Day (10/12)

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Polar Bear of the Day

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Graduate school proves to be a wonderful yet time-consuming endeavor. Of all the things sidelined by studies, photography and polar bears have been two that I miss most. As the temperature dips here in Vermont, the polar bears around the Hudson Bay psych themselves up for winter. To  all the NatHab guides: be safe and good luck! Since I can't be up there this year, I thought I'd get into the spirit by posting a polar bear photo each day this month.