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Tuesday, November 10 • 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Looking for the beach – the ancient shoreline of the Champlain Sea

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Caroline Alves – USDA / NRCS

Lidar can provide a whole new window into the landscape and can reveal previously unnoticed clues to surficial geologic features. It has proved invaluable in discerning locations of ancient shorelines. The current configuration of Lake Champlain has undergone many transformations in the past 13,000 years. As glaciers receded and the land surface was depressed, salt water invaded the Champlain Valley for a period of time - from what is now the St Lawrence River. Archeologists in search of evidence of Paleo-Indian habitation are focused on investigating areas near to the ancient shoreline of the Champlain Sea. Early native people inhabited landforms adjacent to the edge of this ancient sea and it was certainly a travel corridor. By integrating data from a wide variety of sources, the location of the shoreline can be determined with greater accuracy. Information on delta elevations, surficial deposits, archeological evidence and soils data are being combined to better define the location of the Champlain Sea. There are many benefits to this work including preservation of archeological sites and insights into current water quality issues that plague Vermont’s largest lake.


Tuesday November 10, 2015 2:00pm - 2:30pm EST
Green Mountain B

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