The hypothesis that the uplift of Finland is due to viscosity, following the removal of ice at the end of the glacial period, is applied to the established difference between the Earth’s hydrostatic and actual ellipticities. It is shown to imply that there would be comparable rises at all latitudes above about 30°, and depressions nearer the equator. Known variations of height with time are inconsistent with the hypothesis that they are due to viscous flow.

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