Who is NeVar and NeVara?

Nevar© and his mate NeVara© are a not so common raven pair. Together, they have become the mascots and narrators for this website.

Ravens were chosen for their intelligence, sociability and adaptability. They have been companions to humankind for all of recorded history and are a rich part of our folklore. To some ravens are evil. To others they are revered as noble spirits. And so ravens were chosen to tell the story of Mount Tom and why the ridge that makes up the spine of Holyoke should be preserved largely as undeveloped open space.

Should you have skills in animation, graphic arts, audio and video recording, photography, voice-overs, research, law, and would like to help tell the story of the Mt. Tom Range, please leave a comment under Recent Posts.

Geology

Geolo011geologygically, the Mount Tom Range came about by our valley sinking and spreading to the east as the underlaying tectonic plate tilted upwards to the west, sinking to the east.  Glacial grinding exposed the basalt layer seen today and melting ice left deposits of granite and quartz from places far north.  Further erosion and sedimentation from more recent Lake Hitchcock, helped shape lower elevations and much of our valley.  The New England National Scenic Trail follows the west edge of the upheaval that created the Mt. Tom ridge-line, affording excellent views of hills to the north and west.  Glacial erratics and a mixture of forest and wetland habitats can be seen throughout the Mt. Tom Range, filling a day with surprises for the curious as well as for serious professional and student studies.

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