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Gilbert’s reports on Lake Bonneville are, like his Henry Mountains report, classic contributions to geology, but the two studies are very different. The Henry Mountains study involved only 2 months of field work, and the report was completed and published within months after completion of the field work. The Lake Bonneville reports were based on many seasons of field work, first with the Wheeler Survey, then the Powell Survey, and finally the U.S. Geological Survey. Writing and publishing his final report on Lake Bonneville were delayed.

He recognized three main stages of the Pleistocene lake: (1) an early stage represented...

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