By Harold W. Borns Jr., Kirk Allen Maasch
John ok. DeLaski, M.D. practiced medication within the Penobscot Bay area of Maine and, additionally, used to be a naturalist with willing powers of remark. His research of the panorama ended in the realization thick glacier had overtopped the top hills, flooded all of Penobscot Bay, prolonged some distance to the east and west and possibly was once a part of a better continental glacier. He released those very serious box observations and inferences in different articles in neighborhood newspapers and magazines, and within the American magazine of technological know-how in 1864. His paintings positioned him at the “team” of Benjamin Silliman, James D. Dana and Louis Agassiz as an recommend for glaciation because the neighborhood land shaping strength against that of the Biblical Deluge, an incredible clinical clash of the day either in North the US and Europe. He remained a shadowy participant, within the heritage, yet basically contributed serious observations to the argument via own interactions with Agassiz and different favourite naturalists. They integrated DeLaski’s observations into their very own displays, usually with no giving him credits. John DeLaski’s precis paintings, a four hundred web page handwritten manuscript for the e-book, “The historic nice Glacier of North America”, was once dated 1869. He died in 1874 and the e-book was once no longer released. The ancient importance of DeLaski’s unpublished publication is predicated upon its startling contribution to at least one of the main medical questions of the day of even if the surficial geology of northern U.S. and Canada was once attributable to the activities of the Biblical Flood or by way of continental glaciation. If released, this may were the 1st publication in this continent, at the very least, to give a holistic dialogue of the talk within which he awarded his severe observations of the surficial geology in Maine, southern New England and New Brunswick, Canada and concluded that those depositional and erosional positive factors needs to be of glacial beginning. DeLaski then integrated different proof into the ebook for glaciation suggested through others from the quarter in the course of a decade or , and from the mid and much west and Canada to recommend that the complete quarter used to be lined by way of an ice sheet that used to be a minimum of 5,000 ft and doubtless a lot thicker over inside northern U.S. and Canada and which terminated alongside a glacial margin which prolonged from southern new England as a ways westward alongside the classes of the Ohio, and Missouri Rivers. All this was once performed whereas so much “naturalists” nonetheless encouraged the Biblical Flood to provide an explanation for the most important elements of the surficial geology in North the USA and out of the country. DeLaski’s booklet containing his serious observations of truly such a lot of panorama positive factors of glacial foundation, if released might were a pivotal record that may have strongly supported these arguing for glaciations within the glaciations vs. flood foreign argument.
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I do not hesitate to give it as a general fact, that in every locality where the grooving is found running north-south, or in a direction varying from this, upon the northern sides of the hills, precisely the same direction of the grooving may be found about their bases to the south. If the southern brow of a hill is not very abrupt, we are able to trace the scratching here and there from base to summit. But even upon some of the most abrupt hills of Maine, we occasionally get a glimpse of a portrait of the denuding agent as it passed over the hill.
Thick, of such granite, would sustain a weight equally distributed over it, of 1 million, 296,000 t. But the separation of a mass of rock of a broken surface of the 2 Second Geological Report of Maine for 1838, p 149. 6 Research on Rocks 35 extent of 600 ft2 , would doubtless require a greater force than this. The amount of the crushing weight required, however, would materially depend upon the direction of its application in regard to the plane of cleavage of the rock. The cleft surface of the granite under consideration was effected in a line nearly due east and west, whereas its best vertical cleavage line is nearly southwest and northeast requiring a greater force in the former case than in the latter, to produce a separation of the rock.
These furrows are from a few inches in length towards the east and west, to several feet. There is a furrow of this kind in Vinalhaven 30 ft long and 2 ft wide, with a wall 6 in. high. To the north of it a few rods there is a high terrace wall from 30 to 50 ft, looking south. When I first saw this furrow, ere I had well studied the lunoid fractures in their character of uniformly pointing their horns and walls in certain directions as just described, I imagined that its owed its origin to the action of the sea, but further observation unconvinced me.