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Did you Know there Are Eskers Buried Beneath the Finger Lakes?

Posted on Mar 14, 2011 in Committee Articles

The Finger Lakes of central New York State, which derive their name from Native American legend of the “Great Spirit” placing his hands down upon the Earth, have long been considered one of the world’s great testimonies to continental-scale glaciation. Yet, the precise process of glacial erosion of the lakes evaded scientists for decades because of technological limitations of working in water-covered regions. The land geology of the Finger Lakes has been well known ever since Louis Agassiz spoke of the region’s “glacial heritage” at Cornell University in 1868 (1). This paucity of...

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