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Whitbeck, R. H., 1871-1939 (Ray Hughes) / The geography of the Fox-Winnebago valley
(1915)

Chapter III. Peculiarities of the fox river,   pp. 13-23 PDF (3.3 MB)


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PECULIARITIES OF THE FOX RIVER
CHAPTER III
PECULIARITIES OF THE FOX RIVER
In all of its main features the Fox River is an abnormal stream,
due to the changes imposed upon it by the action of glaciers.
As we find the river to-day it is quite unlike the original Fox,
although it is not certain just where that river rose, flowed, or
emptied. On account of the alternating belts of hard and soft
rocks in eastern Wisconsin it is perfectly natural that a north-
south valley should be formed where the Fox-Winnebago lowland
now is, with the Niagara limestone escarpment as its eastern
0         40         20        30 Mike
FIG. 3. PROFILE OF THE LOWER FOX AS IMPROVED
boundary. The natural slope of the land of Wisconsin is mainly
toward the south; for, not only do the large rivers of the state
flow in a general southerly direction, but the whole Mississippi
basin slopes in that direction. It is worthy of note that the only
important river in the state which flows northward is the Lower
Fox.
Whatever may have been the ancient course by which the
waters of the Wolf and Upper Fox reached the sea, that course
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