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This website contains detailed information about French Hill Pond and its environs. Its purpose is to make data available to the owners and users of French Hill Pond as well as interested people who may wish to learn more about watersheds and compare watersheds like French Hill Pond. Professional and amateur scientists are welcome to use the data and other information herein but credit must be given to the website. Care is taken to ensure that the data and information on this website is current, complete and correct. However, users of the data accept all responsibility for its use or misuse. The authors of this website assume that users of the website will verify important information with other authorities and the authors assume no liability for the use of the data or information. VERIFY IMPORTANT INFORMATION. E.G. CURRENT NATIONAL PARK RULES AND REGULATIONS, WITH APPROPRIATE AUTHORITIES. Some information on this website may change from time to time. Users should ensure that all vital information they intend to use is the most current information available.

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Why are videos displayed in my default viewer rather than on the web page?

A. Most default video viewers will display the video files on this website. The use of the default viewer provides the user with more flexibility without the necessity to download additional software. Embedded video displays may require additional software that is not always available on the user's computer and requires further downloading. Some high definition videos will not fit well into a current page format. Videos posted on a third-party website and linked to this website presents update and availability issues. The webmaster for this site decided to download most video files directly to your default viewer on a new page to avoid these problems.

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Why do the videos take so long to download and frequently pause?

A. The rate at which videos download depends upon the rate at which your connection to the Internet processes information and the status of the Internet itself. If the Internet is very busy, even high-speed connections may not perform well. If your system is part of a local network, the download process may be even more lengthy. The videos on this website are in standard television format, which typically take longer to download than the lesser resolution videos on many popular sites. The video downloads are tested on a broadband connection that downloads information under the best conditions at 3.2 megabits per second or 0.4 megabytes per second. If the videos pause or hesitate, allow the video to run through to the end and replay it. The video should then play through without hesitations. If the videos still do not play properly after a complete download, your computer may require a "tune-up." Consult your operating system instructions concerning cleaning and defragmenting your disk drives. You may also need to download the most recent version of your video display software.

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Why won't an external link work?

A. External hyperlinks, that is, links to other websites may fail if that website is discontinued or changes its address. Sometimes, the Internet is very busy, which can prevent a hyperlink transfer. Attempt to access the link at another time. Occasionally, a website exceeds its bandwidth allowance for that month, that is, the website exceeds the amount of information it is allowed by contract to send over the Internet that month. Try again next month. The links on this website are checked periodically to ensure they are active. However, finding the correct link when the old link fails may take some time. Please be patient.

Can I use the material on this website for a school project, paper or report?

A. You may use any material from this website for an educational purpose and distribute free copies of your product for educational purposes. However, you must credit the website for the material you use and not represent the material as your own work, that is, you must not plagiarize the material. The material must not be sold or used in a commercial product without permission of the copyright holders.

Why are there not more people in the photographs?

A. Acadia National Park is a very popular venue and a number of people use French Hill Pond. The intent of this website is to highlight the environment of Mount Desert Island, particularly water resources. Mount Desert Island welcomes nearly three million visitors every year. The number of people living in private homes on Mount Desert Island increases five-fold in the summer. It is difficult to photograph anything without including people. However, the presence of people usually detracts from the purpose of the photograph, Inevitably, people are most interested in what other people are doing and may miss the objective of the photograph when people are in the photograph. If the photographers were promoting commercial interests, there would be more people in the photographs. People tend to be pack (social) animals.

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