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Week 6: Forest Detectives

This week, we will learn to act as detectives to understand the past uses of the land we live on. It may seem that the forests around us are ancient and unchanging but, in fact, almost all of the land in New England has gone through many stages and uses.


The first video is a brief history of New England. I will take you from 350 million years ago to the present in less than 5 minutes. This will help us to understand many of the things we see around us.



In the these videos, I will take you around the local forests and point out some clues that we can use to uncover the past. The clues we will look at this week include, forest structure, stone walls, foundations, scars and storm evidence.


If you are interested in this topic check out Tom Wessels videos about reading the New England landscape. You will not be disappointed!

Part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zcLQz-oR6sw

Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L81Ihhqe0gY&t=1s

Part 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tEAfFq3gb30


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