The Atoll of Funafuti, Ellice group : its zoology, botany, ethnology and general structure based on collections made by Charles Hedley of the Australian Museum, Sydney, N.S.W.
Summary of Preceding Geological Observations
Summary of Preceding Geological Observations.
|1.||An elevation of Funafuti by at least four feet is proved by dead subfossil reefcorals in the position of life near high water mark.|
|2.||Darwin's theory of coral reefs as opposed to Murray's is favoured by these facts:—Firstly, soundings show the atoll to be planted not on a bank but on a cone; secondly, they also show it girdled by a precipitous submarine cliff, explicable only on the subsidence theory; thirdly, our observations and the experience of residents agree that the lagoon is filling up, whereas Murray demands its excavation.page 19|
|3.||A peripheral growth at present level is indicated on both sides of the islets.|