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Ecological Landscape

The Hinesburg landscape that is familiar to us today is one of farms and forests, wildlife and people. It is hard to imagine that immediately after glaciation the landscape had been scoured of all soil and all life. Hinesburg was barer than the top of Camel's Hump!

As the climate slowly warmed, spores and seeds spread northward from forests further south, and vegetation colonized the landscape. The weathering of rocks and till over time, and the movement of nutrients in water, allowed for soil development. As plants took root, and wildlife colonized, ecosystems formed from the interaction of living and non-living elements.

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