Glacial theory


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(Geol.) See Glacier theory, under Glacier.

See also: Glacial

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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For instance, Walden's Shore examines Thoreau's comparison of a snow-blanketed landscape to the Arctic and his comparison of a cloud-filled landscape to a primordial lake; it reads these images as veiled references to glacial theory, playful speculations that Thorson himself admits might be going too far.
In particular, influenced by giants such as Lyell and Darwin, Thoreau closely approached the now-accepted glacial theory that marvelously explains the morphology of Walden Lake--but tragically, this theory was rejected by geologists at exactly the time he was writing.
The emergence of glacial theory in the 1840s, with which Rudwick's book ends, kept elements of both explanations.