Charlotte's bones The Beluga whale in a farmer's field
Book - 2018
Many thousand of years ago, when a sheet of ice up to a mile thick began to let go of the land, the Atlantic Ocean flooded great valleys that had been scooped out by glaciers, and the salty waves of an inland sea lapped the green hills of Vermont. Into this arm of the sea swam Charlotte.
- Tilbury House nature book.
- Juvenile works
Thomaston, Maine :
Tilbury House Publishers
- Physical Description
- 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations, color map ; 26 cm
- Includes bibliographical references (page ).
- Main Author
- Other Authors
In 1849, a crew building a railroad through Charlotte, Vermont, dug up strange and beautiful bones in a farmer’s field. A local naturalist asked Louis Agassiz to help identify them, and the famous scientist concluded that the bones belonged to a beluga whale. But how could a whale’s skeleton have been buried so far from the ocean? The answer—that Lake Champlain had once been an arm of the sea—encouraged radical new thinking about geological time scales and animal evolution. Charlotte’s Bones