Posts in "Prehistory"

Chesapeake Bay: Ice Age Marvel

. March 25th, 2013. Posted in Prehistory

A lovely snow has blanketed the Chesapeake Bay today, inspiring countless laments about the (so far) elusive spring weather.  But the Bay owes its very existence to a much colder time — the last ice age. The story of the birth of the Bay long precedes its name, which derives from the Algonquin word Chesepiuk.  Around 18,000 years ago, the last great ice sheet was reaching its maximum over North America.  As melting began and the global Ice Age came to a close, the pre-historic Mid-Atlantic experienced three incredible transformations: … Read More

Ancient Chesapeake Bay Meteor

. February 15th, 2013. Posted in Prehistory

Today’s news has been filled with eye-witness footage of the meteor explosion over Siberia.  Occurring mere hours before the much-publicized asteroid 2012 DA14 fly-by (although the two events were not related), the sights and sounds from the meteor blast were both mesmerizing and downright scary.  Imagine a direct hit from a cosmic object around 300 times the size of the Siberian one, and you can begin to appreciate the impact of the ancient meteor that struck what is now the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. 35 million years ago, a … Read More