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Discovery of glaciation in the vicinity of mount Tyndall, in Tasmania

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posted on 2023-11-22, 09:10 authored by Thomas Bather Moore
A most important and extremely interesting discovery of glaciation was made by Mr. E. J. Dunn, F.G.S., of Victoria, in the first week of October, 1892, on the high plateau in the vicinity of Lake Dora, Tasmania. Having been with Mr. Dunn at the time of his discovery, and as it was his intention to write on the subject, I now wish to record in the proceedings of our Royal Society the result of a more extended search made by me on the high peaks and surrounding tableland, and illustrate the most important features of the glacial action on the accompanying sketch map compiled from prismatic compass bearings.
The Tyndall Range and Mount Sedgwick have been the principal seats of the prehistoric glaciers ; respectively these mountains are about thirteen (13) and nineteen (19) miles in a direct line from the town of Zeehan, and twenty-two (22) and nineteen (19) miles from the port of Strahan.
They rise 1,500ft. to 1,600ft. above an elevated plateau, on which are situated Lake Dora and numerous other lakes and tarns at an altitude of 2,400ft. above the sea level. Includes supplenentary notes. Thomas Bather Moore, (1851–1919), foremost of the west coast prospectors and track-makers, was widely respected for his skills, endurance and knowledge of the country. A self-taught naturalist, Moore studied the standard texts of his day and was a close observer of his surroundings. He contributed papers on geology and glaciation to Royal and Geographical Societies, and collected botanical and geological specimens for Baron von Mueller, Leonard Rodway and Robert Johnston.


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Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania



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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..

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