Bartholomew's Physical Atlas: An Atlas of Meteorology. Vol. III.J. G. Bartholomew , A. J. Herbertson

J. Paul G.
1900 The Journal of geology  
REVIEWS 573 against the valley walls and bottom, or against each other. This is largely true even of the pebbles rolled on its bottom, as anyone may see by examining the nick-marks that cover their surfaces and that sharply distinguish them from glaciated pebbles, or by critically comparing a waterworked surface with a glacially worn surface. On the other hand a glacier does its work by virtue of its rigidity and pressure, and scarcely at all by its momentum, for its velocity is very low. A
more » ... r with the same velocity as a glacier would be almost absolutely inert as an abrading agency. In the judgment of the reviewer no one is entitled in the present state of evidence to assume that the laws of fluids control the action of glaciers except in external similitude, which is due to the fact that gravitation is the dominant factor in both cases. In convenient and popular exposition the similitude has many advantages, but in framing scientific doctrine and nomenclature, and still more in mental procedure, it is attended by danger. It is doubtless as important to avoid the similitude in critical work as it is permissible to use it in easy exposition.
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