The Info List - Outer Lands

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Coordinates: 40°48′N 73°18′W / 40.8°N 73.3°W / 40.8; -73.3

The "Outer Lands" coloured in green.

The Outer Lands
Outer Lands
is a term denoting the prominent terminal moraine archipelagic region off the southern coast of New England
New England
in the United States. This eight-county region of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and New York, comprises the peninsula of Cape Cod and the islands of Martha's Vineyard, the Elizabeth Islands, Nantucket, Block Island, and Long Island, as well as surrounding islands and islets. Though the existence of this archipelago is widely acknowledged by geographers, it is rarely given a specific name. The Isles of Stirling was the name granted in 1635 when the islands came into the possession of William Alexander, 1st Earl of Stirling. "Outer Lands" is a term popularized by author Dorothy Sterling in her natural history guide of the same name.


1 Divisions 2 Geology 3 Culture 4 See also 5 References

Divisions[edit] The Massachusetts
section is often called the "Cape and Islands", with the "Islands" subregion very specifically referring to Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket, and other smaller islands in Dukes and Nantucket counties. Long Island
Long Island
is often informally considered a part of the "New York islands", together with Staten Island
Staten Island
and Manhattan. These islands are geographically contiguous with the broader region. (The insular Massachusetts
sections were actually part of the Province of New York for most of the late 17th century.) Other islands in Long Island
Long Island
Sound and Rhode Island
Rhode Island
Sound are also included often. Rarely, Sandy Hook in New Jersey is included. Geology[edit] The Outer Lands
Outer Lands
forms the insular northeasternmost extension of North America's Atlantic coastal plain. The islands of the Outer Lands
Outer Lands
were formed by terminal moraines deposited by the recession of the Laurentide ice sheet
Laurentide ice sheet
during the Wisconsin glaciation.[1] Some of the islands are included in the archipelago due to proximity, despite key geological differences, such as Manhattan, actually part of the Manhattan
Prong. The islands are separated from the mainland by a series of bays and sounds that used to make up Lake Connecticut, Lake Narragansett, and other glacial lakes. Culture[edit] The region has historically had a strong maritime culture, with an emphasis on fishing. From eastern Long Island
Long Island
east, much of the region has in recent decades taken on a summer colony character. See also[edit]

Outer Barrier Islands Thimble Islands Narragansett Bay Cape and Islands New York Islands Sandy Hook, NJ


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