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Nantucket, MA Overview

Nantucket was formed by the uttermost reach of the Laurentide Ice Sheet during the recent Wisconsin Glaciation, shaped by the subsequent rise in sea level. The low ridge across the northern section of the island was deposited as glacial moraine during a period of glacial standstill, a period during which till continued to arrive and was deposited as the glacier melted at a stationary front. The southern part of the island is an outwash plain, sloping away from the arc of the moraine and shaped at its margins by the sorting actions and transport of longshore drift. Nantucket became an island when rising sea levels re-flooded Buzzards Bay about 5,000–6,000 years ago.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Nantucket County has a total area of 303.5 square miles (786 km), 84.25% of which is water. It is the smallest county in Massachusetts. The area of Nantucket Island proper is 47.8 square miles (124 km). The triangular region of ocean between Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard, and Cape Cod is Nantucket Sound. The highest point on the island is Folger Hill, which stands 109 feet (33 m) above sea level.

The entire island, as well as the adjoining islands of Tuckernuck and Muskeget, comprise both the Town of Nantucket and the County of Nantucket. The main settlement, also called Nantucket, is located at the western end of Nantucket Harbor, where it opens into Nantucket Sound. Key localities on the island include Madaket, Surfside, Polpis, Wauwinet, Miacomet, and Siasconset (pronounced “Sconset”).

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Weather

According to the Köppen climate classification system, Nantucket features a climate that borders between a humid continental climate and an oceanic climate , the latter a climate type rarely found on the east coast of North America.

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