The problem of oriented lakes has been a subject of controversy in North America as well as other parts of the world. Much has been written on why lakes are oriented, but for the most part no suitable theories have been proposed that satisfactorily explain some of the observed facts associated with orientation. The two most famous examples in North America are the Carolina Bays, located on the Atlantic Coastal plain in the Carolina region, and the Oriented Lakes of Northern Alaska. For both of these areas, several widely differing theories on cause of orientation have been proposed. Some workers have attempted to compare the two areas and have proposed the same origin for both. The writers have worked primarily with the Alaskan lakes and necessarily are more familiar with that area. However, the discussion to follow may be applicable to the Carolina Bays or other areas of oriented lakes. This paper will not offer a final solution to the problem. Its purpose is to point out some discrepancies in proposed causes of orientation, and to present some different hypotheses in light of new information.
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science
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Rosenfeld, G. A. and Hussey, K. M.
"A Consideration of the Problem of Oriented Lakes,"
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science, 65(1), 279-287.
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