Off Martha’s Vineyard

I’ve been told only a little about this thirty square mile area south of Martha’s Vineyard, that’s filled with fine-grained sand.  There was a time that depth of the water column was measured by throwing down lead lines and bringing them up to deck — this sandy mud signaled mariners that they were close to the island of Martha’s Vineyard.  If you double-click on the map it will display bigger and you can read the legend.

Thanks to United States Geological Survey

Thanks to United States Geological Survey

This material is challenging to apply and I can’t brush it on.  A thick even coating of it isn’t visually appealing to me so I dip leather-hard clay into it and wipe it off, usually in stripes.  I need to move quickly because the flowing quality of the wet mud changes to a crumbly quality.

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