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Georges Island

Georges Island About 11,500 years ago, the sea rose high enough to flood a lowland area at the southwestern end of Georges Cape. The Great South Channel was formed, and Georges Cape became Georges Island. Its surface had shrunken to 22,500 square km. Temperatures were now warm enough to support many forms of life, including pine and spruce trees, and later oaks and other plants. Mammals made their home on Georges Island as well, including walruses, mammoths, mastodons, giant moose, musk ox, giant sloth, tapir, and man, who lived and hunted for giant prey on Georges Island 10,000 years ago. Today, fishing boats sometimes haul in remains from this distant era.


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From the University of Massachusetts/Dartmouth
March 2, 1999
Kimberly Amaral