Glacial Potholes, Shelburne Falls

Glacial potholes, Shelburne Falls. As the name implies, these were formed during plast glacial periods - or more precisely, as glaciers preceded. Glacial Lake Hitchcock drained, the Deerfield River rose, and swiring rocks and sediment carved these cylindrical holes. They range in size from 6 inches to almost 40 feet in diameter.


Glacial Potholes, Shelburne Falls

Glacial potholes during low water conditions.  June 7, 2014

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Deerfield River Shelburne Falls dam 6-14-13

Glacial Potholes, Shelburne Falls - inundated by high water, June 14, 2013. The river was many times larger than this during Tropical Storm Irene.

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Deerfield River at Shelburne falls, June 14 2013.

Deerfield River at Shelburne Falls dam, June 14, 2013. View from the west shore. 

Although water was quite high on this day, flows were dramatically higher during Tropical Storm Irene, as can be seen in this video:

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