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The Origin of Lake Basins

Nature volume 49, page 197 | Download Citation



THE most thorough-going glacialist could find no ground for complaint that Dr. Wallace has not gone far enough in his most interesting advocacy of the glacial origin of lakes. I do not propose to enter into any general discussion of this question; that glaciers can excavate rock basins is indisputable, but there is a limit to their power, and this limit I believe to be reached far short of even the larger of our English lakes. The controversy is of long standing, and there is little new to be said on either side; nor would I have desired to re-enter it, but that Dr. Wallace's article seems to me to contain one serious fallacy and one vital misstatement which have not as yet been noticed, though they should not be left uncorrected.

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