The History of Long and Brier Islands

Balancing Rock (The Story)

Balancing Rock (The Story)

“Balancing Rock” Basalt rock is cooled and hardened lava. Lava contracts (shrinks) as it cools. Cracks can form, usually in a hexagonal shape, to relieve stress caused by the contracting. This often creates columnar basalt – columns - like this rock on Brier Island...

Predicted Saxby’s Gale 1869

Predicted Saxby’s Gale 1869

Saxby’s Gale, October 1869 In 1863 an Amateur Astronomer named Steven Martin Saxby wrote a book called “Saxby’s Weather System”. The Saxby gale of 1869 brought death and destruction to Maine, New Brunswick and western Nova Scotia in particular. Still, after 152 years,...