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Cape Cod Wellfleet’s Kettle Ponds

Notes on the National Seashore’s Kettle Ponds in Wellfleet

The kettle ponds of Wellfleet, never more than 2.5 km. from the oceanside, are among the town’s prettiest attractions.  Lucas Miller describes how glaciers formed the ponds about 10,000 years ago and focuses on the physical geography. Lucy Vivante has written some notes on the recent history of these beautiful ponds.

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Posted by 8to8 on 08/27/08
Categories: NatureWellfleet
Keywords: Wellfleet, Ponds, Kettle, Glaciers, Herring, Geology, National Seashore, Gull Pond, Great Pond, Long Pond


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I visited my son last June. He worked for Americorps and lived on the National Seashore near Wellfleet on Cape Cod. While the ocean was cool, the kettle ponds were amazing. They are extremely deep, almost quarry-like lakes gouged out eons ago by glaciers. And because these deep lakes are located at essentially sea level, they are fed constantly by the underground water table. The bottom is sandy, and the water is refreshingly clean and cold, as if you’re standing next to a spring. After a long sweaty day of hiking and salt-water swimming, we looked forward each day to a dip in the kettle pond.

Posted by jeff from St. Louis on 11/02/10 at 07:08 PM | #

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