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Origin of the Mima Mounds, Thurston County region, Washington

January 1, 1952

There has been recent favorable consideration of the idea that the Mima mounds were made by gophers. The writer believes the evidence indicates that gophers function only in the reworking of the mound material, not in the primary construction. The plausibility of the earlier glacial or periglacial theory has been increased by recent knowledge of permafrost and of the deposits made by combined water and ice in cold climates. The gopher theory, as it has been applied to the Mima mounds, contains internal disharmonies and ignores significant field evidence supporting the earlier idea.