Natural History of the Chesapeake Region
The Chesapeake tidewater area in its present state is the final product of dramatic change. Change is, in fact, perhaps the only constant in the region’s ecological past. In this chapter I would like to detail what is known about the physical and ecological transformation of the Chesapeake region from late Pleistocene to Holocene times. The changes that took place during this era impacted all of the area’s prehistory. To begin to assess these impacts it is necessary first to understand the magnitude and nature of these changes. That is the purpose of this chapter.