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A preliminary sketch of the glacial remains preserved in the National Park of Tasmania

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Lewis, Arndell Neil (1921) A preliminary sketch of the glacial remains preserved in the National Park of Tasmania. Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania. pp. 16-36.

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Abstract

This paper is offered as a preliminary and very general sketch of the district described, upon which more detailed examinations of separate sections may be based. The author cannot at present offer a complete geology of the National Park of Tasmania. Its size, ruggedness, and general inaccessibility, aided by the usually inclement weather of the mountains, make the task difficult, and demand a far greater expenditure of time than has been available up to the present. Much of the Park is still unexplored, and parts were first visited that some of the information contained in this paper might be gleaned. But an outline description is urgently needed, firstly as a frame into which more detailed investigations may be fitted, secondly, for the information of visitors, who, in annually Increasing numbers, spend holidays on the Park's highlands, and also as an assistance to the parties who are now inspecting this region in connection with water supply questions. As far as can be ascertained, the glacial remains on the Mt. Field ranges have never been described. They do not appear to have been observed, or at least their existence recorded, before the proclamation of the area as a National Park. There is, therefore, no previous literature on the subject to which to refer. Supplementary note printed at pages 177 – 179: Since publishing these statements my attention has been drawn to a paper, entitled "Climatic Cycles," published by Dr. (now Professor) Griffith Taylor, of the University of Sydney, in the American Geographical Review of December, 1919, in which, at pp. 292-3, he mentions the existence of glacial remains, cirques, moraines, etc., in the National Park, and also to the fact that an outline of the subject was compiled by the same author in January, 1919, for inclusion in a Tourist Department guide book, which, however, has not yet been published. Includes photographs, maps and supplementary note

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Royal Society of Tasmania, Van Diemens Land, VDL, Hobart Town, natural sciences, proceedings, records
Journal or Publication Title: Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Page Range: pp. 16-36
Additional Information: In 1843 the Horticultural and Botanical Society of Van Diemen's Land was founded and became the Royal Society of Van Diemen's Land for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science in 1844. In 1855 its name changed to Royal Society of Tasmania for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science. In 1911 the name was shortened to Royal Society of Tasmania.
Date Deposited: 10 Dec 2012 04:49
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 04:46
URI: http://eprints.utas.edu.au/id/eprint/15736
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