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Appreciation

Natural colors of rock surface in Acadia National Park. Green weed to left shows true color. The rock is pink the rust orange to black, and the green are both metamorphic minerals and sulphate residues.

There’s more to a historic wall than first meets the eye.  Each is a library of earthen books with geological stories to tell.  Each is a work of art full of color and pattern.  Each is an archaeological artifact too big for the local museum.   There’s shape and pattern, both artistically and mathematically.  There’s habitat and food for  plants, critters and microbes.   And there’s the fun of exploring them in space and time.

The first step toward conservation of New England’s historic stone walls is for residents, voters and landowners to appreciate them.  Most do already, and they can learn to appreciate them even more.  Those who don’t should think twice before cutting one apart for a driveway, or selling one for the stone alone.

You enhance your appreciation, you could start by:

Massive granite wall from Center Sandwich, NH.  The sand beaches of New England are made of this rock crushed.

Massive granite wall from Center Sandwich, NH. The sand beaches of New England are made of this rock crushed.