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The Geological Significance of the Ossipee Mountain Range

By: Mackenzie M. Padula, 7/28/2020
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Did you know that there once was a volcano in New Hampshire? Geologists believe that there are at least two historic, extinct volcanoes in the Granite State[1]. 100 million years ago then again 10 million years ago, one erupted creating the beautiful Ossipee Mountain range that houses Castle in the Clouds today! The second volcano was substantially smaller – it was located at Pawtuckaway State Park[2]. The ancient volcanic formation in Ossipee is geologically significant because it formed a unique circle. This phenomenon is only found in a few spots around the world. The eruptions also gave way to a wealth of minerals, and unique rock formations. It’s considered to be “the most accessible, exposed and vivid example of the inner workings of a volcanic system”[3]. The formation and geological history draws researchers from around the world. The Plants drew inspiration from these natural wonders and had the stone facade for their home hand cut to replicate the appearance. Castle in the Clouds also offers an exceptional view of the circular mountain range, and hiking trails on the property bring visitors to the rock formations.

Have you seen these rock formations on our property?

[1] https://northernwoodlands.org/outside_story/article/volcano-new-hampshire

[2] https://www.concordmonitor.com/A-New-Hampshire-volcano-17529897

[3] https://www.concordmonitor.com/A-New-Hampshire-volcano-17529897

 

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