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This website is devoted to the description of French Hill Pond located on Mount Desert Island in Bar Harbor, Maine. Its purposes are to inform the residents of the Frenchman's Hill Subdivision, the owners of the pond, and other users of the pond about the microenvironment of French Hill Pond and to promote informed stewardship of the pond. Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island and Mount Desert Island itself are also described for the purpose of understanding the impact of French Hill Pond on Mount Desert Island and how the geography and environment of Mount Desert Island impact French Hill Pond. People not associated with French Hill Pond may find the information on Mount Desert Island, particularly Acadia National Park, very useful.
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The names of plants, animals and places on this website are begun with uppercase (capital) letters to differentiate between specific identification and general reference. For example," Long Pond" is a specific body of water whereas "long pond" describes the shape of a body of water.
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French Hill Pond is a private body of water located in the Frenchman's Hill Subdivision, Bar Harbor, Maine. It is less than ten acres in surface area and, therefore, does not qualify as a "great pond" as defined by the laws of Maine making it exempt from some state controls. However, the water flowing out of French Hill Pond enters the Northeast Creek watershed, one of the most pristine watersheds on the east coast of the United States. Therefore, it is an important body of water. A section of the United States Geological Survey map showing the location and topography of French Hill Pond follows.
The photograph below shows a section of the Acadia National Park relief map of Mount Desert Island at the Hulls Cove Visitor Center with annotations. North is to the top as in the topographic map above. French Hill Pond is in the center. French Hill Brook is shown flowing north into Northeast Creek. Northeast Creek, in turn, flows into Thomas Bay at the upper left of the picture. The large body of water at the bottom center of the picture is Somes Sound. The small pond in the lower right is Aunt Betty Pond.
The descriptions of Acadia National Park on this website are intended to encourage the general public to visit the park rather than French Hill Pond. There are many bodies of water in the park that are similar to French Hill Pond. Please do not attempt to visit French Hill Pond unless invited by a resident of the subdivision.
The photography on this website is from both film and digital cameras. Unless otherwise noted, the photographer was David Lind. The larger photographs taken by Mr. Lind are about 640 x 480 pixels (picture elements) depending upon the source. The digital camera used, a Nikon D5000, will produce pictures that reduce to 640 x 425 pixels. The film camera used, a Nikon F3, produces photographs that reduce to 640 x 480 pixels. The digital photographs have about twice the resolution of the best 35mm film photographs. The digital photographs were taken at a resolution of 4,288 x 2,848 pixels, compressed from the Nikon Electronic Format to the "good" standard in the Joint Photographic Experts Group (JPEG) format and finally reformatted to the large website JPEG format, 640 x 425. This process looses some color information but the losses are not detectable by most people. Photographs taken in wet areas, like on the pond, are taken with a FujifilmÒ Finepix XP55 waterproof digital camera. These XP55 photographs are reduced to 640 x 480 pixels in large website JPEG format from 4,320 x 3240 pixels.
This site may also contain microphotography at 640 x 480 resolution. Two microscopes were used, 20X fixed magnification stereomicroscope and trinocular biologicalmicroscope up to 1000X. The digital imagers are a Moticam 352 and an Amscope 3.0 MP. For more information about microphotography on this website, point and click HERE.
The descriptions of some of the photographs on this website indicate the focal length of the lens used. This information is provided to help people prepare to reproduce the photographs when they visit Acadia National Park. However, the focal length data will produce different results with digital cameras than with 35mm film cameras. The digital camera used for most of these photographs, the Nikon D5000, will effectively increase the focal length relative to a 35mm camera by about 1.5 (fifty percent) because the digital sensor is smaller than a 35mm frame. For example, a photograph taken with the digital camera using a lens focal length of 200mm would require a 300mm lens on a 35mm film camera to reproduce the photograph more or less exactly. Therefore, a visitor should plan to use a 300mm lens on a 35mm camera to reproduce the photograph. Other digital cameras may have smaller or larger digital sensors. The manuals for those cameras should indicate the multiplier required to determine the equivalent focal length for a 35mm film camera lens. Adjustments for differences may be necessary when using a different digital camera. Determine the equivalent 35mm film camera focal length lens by multiplying the focal length on this website by 1.5. Then divide this result by the multiplier for the digital camera you have to determine the focal length setting for a digital camera different from the Nikon D5000.
Living organisms are divided into three groups: Archaea, Bacteria and Eukerya depending upon genetic characteristics. Each of these groups is a "domain." The discussion of domains is beyond the scope of this website. Biological "kingdoms" are another means of differentiating forms of life and are generally subordinate to domains. However, taxonomists (biologists specializing in the classification of life forms) may differ on how various forms of life are classified. This website will generally represent the viewpoint of American biologists.
There are six kingdoms recognized by American biologists: Bacteria, Archaea, Protista, Fungi, Plantae and Animalia. This website will be concerned primarily with three kingdoms: plants (Plantae), animals (Animalia) and Fungi. Archaea, Bacteria and Protista will be discussed as necessary and considered under the general topic of microbiology because these kingdoms consist of microbes. For more information on Archaea, Bacteria and Protista or microbiology in general click on Microbiology.
Taxonomists break kingdoms down into subdivisions called Phylums or Divisions. Phylums are based upon genetic characteristics or body type.
The next breakdown is the Class. Classes are collections of organisms with common characteristic, for example, the class Aves (birds).
Orders come below classes. Orders are broken down into families, then further into Genus and species. Where one places any given organism in this scheme may vary from one taxonomist to another. However, a distinctive feature of a species is that members of the same species can breed with one another but usually not with a member of another species. The names of all these group members begin with an uppercase letter except species names.
Point to and click on the photograph/title below to explore the kingdom identified as peculiar to French Hill Pond.
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