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Notes on further proofs of glaciation at low levels


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Moore, Thomas Bather (1895) Notes on further proofs of glaciation at low levels. Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania. pp. 73-77.

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Now I will pass on to discoveries made within the last few
months up to the first week in November, 1894, of further
proof of land glaciation at low levels, in substantiation of my
paper on this subject read before the Royal Society last
Upon examination of the banks of the King River, which
flows into Macquarie Harbour between Pine Cove and the
settled portion of the town of Strahan, I discovered large
ice-worn boulders striated and grooved in the deep gorge of
the river situated at the Upper Landing ; also similar glaciated
boulders in Harvey's Creek at a distance of a quarter of
a mile from its junction with the King River at the Landing.
The boulders are large, many tons in weight, and are
composed principally of Silurian sandstone. The planed
surfaces, grooves, and striaa are fairly distinct, proving
beyond doubt that as the ice marks are not obliterated in so friable a rock that the period of their transposition by ice is
of a very recent date. As there are conclusive proofs that
the whole mountain chain comprising the West Coast Range
has been covered with a vast sheet of ice, we must conclude
that rivers of ice have flowed down the damp, sunless, slate
gorges of the King River, collecting as they went masses of
sandstone from the surrounding heights, leaving them at a,
altitude of not more than 100ft. above sea level in their
present shape and position at the Upper Landing and
Harvey's Creek, distant about four to five miles from the

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. 73-77
Collections: Royal Society Collection > Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Additional Information:

The article is listed with the title in the volume contents "Proofs of glaciation at low levels in Tasmania". 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: 30 Jul 2013 22:20
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2017 00:59
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