The coastline of Maine is known as a drowned coast, caused by the retreat of the last glacier approximately 13,000 years ago. The islands off the coast would have been hilltops on the mainland at one time.
Questions for Map 1
1. How would you describe the coastline?
2. How do you think people would have lived along the Maine coast in the 1800s? How might they have made a living? What would they have worried about? Would you have wanted to live on the islands? Why or why not?
3. Locate Mount Desert Island. How does the size of this island compare with the rest of the islands off the coast?
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