1. Test your Maine geology and geography! (You might need your Maine Atlas and
2. This granite cliff is found on the east side of Sand Beach in Maine’s only
national park (as of 2008). Name this park and the island the park is located on.
3. This granite mountain (named after a car) was formed by volcanic magma
which pushed upward through older rock. Name this mountain.
4. These granite blocks are being mechanically broken down by the ice. Name
this geologic process.
5. This white quartz intrusion through grey granite is an example of which
major type of rock; is it igneous, sedimentary, or metamorphic?
6. Dark basalt dike intruding on granite. Both types of rock are formed from
7. Name this famous landmark in Acadia National Park. The water rushes in, hits
the granite dead-end and shoots high up into the air.
8. This sand is unusual in Maine as it is made primarily of calcium carbonate
from____. Name this beach on the east side of Mount Desert Island.
9. This rock is 400 million years old and is a freestanding stack of layered silt and sandstone. It
can be seen from a walkway along the shore of the town of _____ on the east side of
Mount Desert Island.
10. What major type of rock is this with the layered silt and sandstone? Igneous /
sedimentary / metamorphic?
11. This is the Swift River running through this popular canyon near the town of
Byron. Name this canyon.
12. The canyon walls show
rock that is situated
vertically. If normal
horizontally, what geologic
event might cause this
vertical orientation to
13. This rock is eroded from
the Perry Mountain
formation which was
deposited as mud during
the Silurian time. Over
millions of years, the
sedimentary rock has
changed form to become
mica schist (ﬂat minerals
aligned in sheets).
What processes would
have caused the layers of
mud to compress and form
sheets of mineral crystals?
14. Gee...what is causing the erosion of the rock in the river bed?
15. What causes the grey granite boulders, lining the bank of the Swift River, to be
16. These (1-2 inch long) cobbles of rock are found on Jasper Beach, at Howard Cove, south of
______. These cobbles of rhyolite, basalt and granite all have their origins as volcanic rock.
17. These 1/2 cm long
pebbles are found on the
beach at Squaw Point on
a cape south of Stockton
Springs. Name the
18. This sand is mostly composed of glassy-looking quartz, creamy yellowish feldspar, tiny bits of
granite. Name this beach which is part of one big amusement park south of Portland.
19. The sand at this beach is mostly composed of white quartz, basalt, a tiny bit of feldspar, and
some olivine thrown into the mix. This beach curves around the southern side of Cape
Neddick (near Nubble Light). Name this beach and the town it is found in.
20. This sand is found on the only beach of its kind in Maine. The sand is mostly composed of
shell fragments and tiny sea urchin spines. Name this beach on Mount Desert Island.
• Slide 2: Acadia National Park, Mt Desert Is. • Slide 11: Coos Canyon
• Slide 3: Cadillac Mountain • Slide 12: Uplift / mountain building
• Slide 4: Weathering • Slide 13: Heat and pressure
• Slide 5: Igneous • Slide 14: Water washing over the rocks
• Slide 6: Magma • Slide 15: Water erodes the rough edges over time
• Slide 7: Thunder Hole • Slide 16: Machiasport
• Slide 8: Shells, Sand Beach • Slide 17: Cape Jellison
• Slide 9: Bar Harbor • Slide 18: Orchard Beach
• Slide 10: Sedimentary Rock • Slide 19: Long Beach, Town of York Beach
• Slide 20: Sand Beach
22. The End.
• All photos were taken by, and are the
property of Laurie Haines.
• Sand photo numbers 17-20 were taken with
a 17- 40 mm lens with a 36 mm extension
• If I have made errors on any of the slides,
please let me know as I am not a geologist.