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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.