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Scottish Boulders

    Naturevolume 6page477 (1872) | Download Citation



    THE first Report of the Committee appointed to collect statistics as to boulders, has been recently issued by the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and contains much that is interesting both to the geologist and archaeologist. The first object of the committee, and that to which their labours have as yet been solely directed, has been to ascertain the districts in Scotland where any remarkable boulders were situated. Their second object will be to select those which might be deemed worthy of preservation, with the view of requesting landed proprietors and tenants of farms not to destroy them. The committee sent out a printed list of queries, applicable to boulders apparently above 20 tons in weight, one of the queries being directed to ascertain the occurrence of “kaims” or “eskars,” i.e. long banks of sand or gravel. The following are some of the most important results educed by the inquiry:—

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