Introduction: Sources of Information

The Adirondack eskers present a fascinating though neglected field, the large features of which have been hitherto overlooked. The accompanying tentative map (figures 1 and 2) is a composite of (1) the writer’s reconnaissance notes, (2) “serpent ridges” clearly portrayed on the Government, topographic sheets, and (3) the scant published mentions listed at end of this paper. Adirondack literature is surprisingly silent concerning this remarkable development of eskers, perhaps un-rivaled elsewhere.

Interpretation of the Map

Though fragmentary, the arborescent pattern of the north half of the map is suggestive of a full-fledged river system. The trunk stream flows southwestward from Clinton County (west of Plattsburg), through the central basin of the Saranac lakes, to the north end of Herkimer County, terminating obscurely without sand plains. Its apparent meanders and frequent ramifications point to stagnancy of the Saranac basin ice-mass. (Compare Cook: New York State Museum Bulletin . . .

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