DEEP: Interesting Connecticut Facts

Interesting Connecticut Facts  

  • {Robin} Garnet is Connecticut's state mineral.
  • Eubrontes is the state fossil, visit Dinosaur State Park in Rocky Hill to learn more.
  • The highest peak in Connecticut is Bear Mountain.
  • The highest elevation in Connecticut is the slope of Mount Frissel at 2380' (the peak, 2,453' is in MA).
  • The most remote site in Connecticut is Mount Bradford in Canaan.
  • Connecticut, was only 10% forested in 1800 is about 60% forested today.
  • Pachaug State Forest is Connecticut's largest state forest at 29,292 acres.
  • Connecticut has 332 miles of jagged coastline, including bays, harbors and coves. If all salt-water influenced watercourses are included, Connecticut has 1,065 miles of coastal shoreline.
  • Approximately 82 miles of Connecticut's coastline has been protected through public or private conservation ownership.
  • All three rock types are found in Connecticut: Sedimentary, Metamorphic, and Igneous.
  • Dinosaur tracks in Rocky Hill were discovered in 1966.
  • Connecticut was covered by two glaciations: 150,000 and 26,000 years ago.
  • The last glacier melted 15,000 years ago, making the present Connecticut landscape very young compared to much of the world.
  • Sassafras was the colonists' first export to England.
  • Deposits are paid on approximately 1.8 billion cans and bottles in Connecticut each year.
  • The average Connecticut motorist drives about 24,000 miles annually; up from 17,000 in 1980.
  • All the steel products in CT are made from at least 25% recycled steel.
  • Connecticut's air is virtually free of airborne lead due to no-lead gas and emissions controls.
  • Best striped bass fishing occurs in the Sound from spring to fall at all major reefs and shoals and at mouths of large rivers.
  • Best trout fishing in CT is late April through May.
  • Each year, over 400,000 anglers spend nearly $300,000,000 on fishing in Connecticut.
  • 750,000 recreational anglers from New York and Connecticut use the LI Sound each year.
  • Hunters spend more than $40,000,000 annually in Connecticut.
  • Approximately 85,000 boats utilize LIS each boating season.  About 10,000 boats may be out on LIS on a nice summer day.
  • Connecticut has 57 pumpout and dump stations for boaters to use to protect Long Island Sound's water quality.

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