I Love Vermont

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“If the spirit of liberty should vanish from other parts of the union and support of our institutions should languish, it could all be replenished from the generous store held by the people of this brave little state of Vermont.” – President Calvin Coolidge, 1928

Button Bay

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I force-marched right past this section despite being told exactly where to find the fossils.

“Nearly 500 million years ago, Button Bay was part of a continental shelf submerged in a warm, shallow sea full of life. The park’s limestones and limey shales preserve many fossils dating from that time; its fossilized coral is among the world’s oldest. About 12,000 years ago, the region was covered by a chilly ocean called the Champlain Sea – predecessor of Lake Champlain.”

– National Geographic Guide to the State Parks of the United States

In this photo, you can see some fossilized sea snails but unfortunately, it is difficult to find the namesake of the park, the button-like concretions formed when calcium mixed with clay in the Champlain Sea, as park visitors find it hard to resist the perfect souvenir.

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