Retrospect: an esker?

Self-tutoring about people, events, and places of the past: the tutor reflects…

An esker, by my understanding, is a raised bed of sand and/or gravel that was deposited as a glacier melted. It can be perhaps a few dozen feet high (or less), and can run for miles or intermittently. That’s my comprehension of it, anyway.

Looking back at a house we lived in during the early 80s, it may’ve sat on an esker. You wouldn’t immediately think so, of course: the esker – if such it was – was covered by lawns, houses, and trees. However, it was an elevated landform with top height maybe 10 or 15 metres from the neighbouring territory on both sides. The slope wasn’t too gentle either side.

The sand content of this feature, which locally was called a “ridge”, was revisited each year by my father, who was of course a gardener. “What a pile of sand,” he would declare.

Pine trees loved growing there; I’m under the impression they tend to like sand. Pines predominated on that ridge, but not in the surrounding area.

At one point there was a break in the “ridge”, where a developer had dug out a chunk of it. The “dugout” was level with the surrounding area, and had exposed, sandy, sloping left and right sides leading down to its bottom, which was sand as well.

Interestingly, the sandy dugout area was opposite the school, which was relatively new. Perhaps, during the school’s construction, fill had been needed, so was obtained about 200 feet away, across the road, by digging into the esker.


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