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Antarctica and Glacial Ages


PROF. A. P. COLEMAN1 contends that the late Palæozoic glacials of the southern hemisphere could never have been formed upon a large, single continent—Gondwana—as visualized by supporters of the hypothesis of continental drift. He has protested that, for such an ice-cap to have developed, there must have been sources of evaporation at hand in the shape of warm seas, and has accordingly denied the existence of any such continent and along with it the hypothesis of drift. It is difficult to follow his argument in the face of recent work on this problem.

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  1. NATURE, 142, 998 (1938).

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  3. "Ice Ages, Recent and Ancient" (1926).

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DU TOIT, A. Antarctica and Glacial Ages. Nature 143, 242–243 (1939).

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