Near Seal Harbor in Hancock County, Maine — The American Northeast (New England)
Cobbling the Cove
Acadia National Park
Ancient ice and powerful waves worked for eons to round the cobbles that grace Acadia’s beaches. Glaciers carried many of them great distances to this spot. Now the sea endlessly tumbles them with local rock creating an ever-changing mosaic of colors and textures. Today these cobbles are part of a critical shoreline habitat. Small creatures hide from predators in the spaces between them. Larvae cling to larger cobbles to keep from washing away when the tide goes out. These irreplaceable cobbles are an integral part of Acadia’s natural history and scenery. Photograph, sketch or ponder them, but leave them in place when you go.
“ . . . the waves rattle the stones, as if a child has
dumped over a large bucket of marbles,”
Bob Trebilcock, “In Defense of Maine’s Cobblestones.” Yankee magazine, April 1988
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 44° 17.915′ N, 68° 12.68′ W. Marker is near Seal Harbor, Maine, in Hancock County. Marker is on Park Loop Road, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Seal Harbor ME 04675, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow Once a Busy Waterfront (approx. 1.3 miles away); Alessandro Fabbri, Lieutenant, U.S.N.R.F. (approx. 1.3 miles away); “Hot Line” to Europe (approx. 1.3 miles away); Thunder Hole (approx. 1.8 miles away); Thunder Hole Ranger Station (approx. 1.9 miles away); Sounds of the Sea (approx. 1.9 miles away); Icy Depths (approx. 1.9 miles away); What Do Park Rangers Do? (approx. 1.9 miles away).
More about this marker. The background of the marker contains a photo of cobbles on the beach, and has a caption of “Listen to the ‘music’ of the cobbles tumbling against each other.”
A diagram at the lower left of the marker shows how the cobble beaches are created. It has a caption of “Strong currents and storms pull cobbles into the surf and then deposit them in new patterns on the shore.”
Categories. • Natural Features •
Credits. This page was last revised on August 4, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 4, 2017, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 72 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 4, 2017, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.