Near Luverne in Southwest Minnesota a ledge of quartzite extends northeast to southwest for a few miles. At one point along this ledge a quarry not now in operation has left an almost perpendicular face of some fifty feet. In this face are found crevices of varying widths. In one width of 8 to 12 inches and running back an undetermined distance, angular fragments of quartzite were found. Among them some rounded pebbles were obtained. The feature called to your attention is the symmetrical form and the highly polished surfaces of these pebbles. The surfaces of some are nearly as well polished as that on the quartzite in Gitchie Manitou Park in Northwest Iowa. The polishing there has been attributed to the work of the wind carrying fine sand or soil. The pebbles from the crevice show no glacial scratches or markings. Some water, especially that of melting snows, may be a factor in the polishing. But the chief cause is probably the wind carrying fine particles and circulating through the crevice.
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science
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"Some Quartzite Pebbles,"
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science: Vol. 46:
, Article 56.
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