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Erratic: a rock or boulder that differs from the surrounding rock and is believed to have been brought from a distance by glacial action.

Pendulum: used to refer to the tendency of a situation to oscillate between one extreme and another.

Hiking through woods in the White Mountains of New Hampshire I’m pleasantly surprised to see a magnificent erratic standing in solitude, reminders of time and the endurance of nature.

“Whole continents sagged under the weight of so much ice and even now, twelve thousand years after the glaciers’ withdrawal, are still rising back into place. The ice sheets didn’t just dribble out boulders and long lines of gravelly moraines, but dumped entire landmasses - Long Island and Cape Cod and Nantucket, among others - as they slowly swept along.”

 

Bill Bryson (2003), *A Short History of Nearly Everything, Broadway Books New York, p.429

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