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Welcome to my Glacial Grooves and Kelly's Island page. The main purpose of this page is to inform you about the Glacial Grooves Memorial found on Kelly's Island, OH. As you procede through this page you will see many photos of the glacial grooves found on the island. If you are interested in learning more about Kelly's Island, please follow the links to visit the Kelly's Island page.

It always amazes me how much power and force can be found in a sheet of ice. To think that these grooves were carved out ever so slowly over a period of time that is almost unconcievable can be overwhelming. Carved into the limestone about 30,000 years ago by the Wisconsinian glaciar (during the Pleistocene Ice Age) are these fascinating grooves and striations.

The Glacial Grooves Memorial is 400 feet long and 35 feet wide. The grooves are fenced in and a walkway goes up one side, a bridge crosses the upper end and then the walkway continues down the other side. When it was decided to have the Glacial Grooves Memorial, the grooves had to be relieved of all the topsoil and composite materials and so such materials were carefully dug out to reveal the grooves.

The glacial grooves are important to historians, scientists and students. The Great Lakes and all the islands in them were carved out by glacial activity. From the glacial grooves scientists can determine direction and time period of the glaciars on the North American continent, among other things. Undoubtedly, the glacial grooves represent the force & beauty of nature.






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