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The Origin of Lake Basins

Nature volume 49, page 197 | Download Citation



IN his last communication Sir Henry Howorth makes two statements which are so erroneous and so misleading that I cannot allow them to pass without correction. The first is, that Mr. Deeley “repudiates Dr. Wallace's notion that regelation can in some way act as a compensating element when crushing supervenes in ice.” Here is a double misstatement. Mr. Deeley “repudiated” no notion of mine, or he would, I am sure, have said so plainly, and he said nothing whatever about “crushing.” Neither did I say a word about regelation acting as a “compensating element,” for I do not believe in the crushing of glaciers by their own pressure. I asked Sir Henry what would happen to the ice after it was crushed, the pressure continuing; and I get no reply but the above double misstatement.

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