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How Did Cape Cod Form? Part 1: Observing Sediments

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Walking along the beach of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, scientist Britt Argow points out layers of different-sized sediments. These provide clues to what deposited the sand and gravel that make up Cape Cod. To deposit this amount of sediment would normally take an enormous river; but there is no such evidence that such a river ever flowed in the Cape Cod area. Featured Scientist: Sherilyn Williams Stroud, Ph.D.


NSES Standard

Grades 5-8 Standard D. Landforms are the result of a combination of constructive (sedimentation, volcanoes) and destructive forces (weathering and erosion).

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