Linda Valley

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Linda Valley is a valley in the West Coast Range of Tasmania. It was earlier known as the Vale of Chamouni. It is between Mount Owen and Mount Lyell.

Linda Valley is the location of two historical settlements, Linda and Gormanston. These settlements were close to the Mount Lyell mines and workings, at the western edge of Lake Burbury, and east of the old Mount Lyell Mining and Railway Company operations.

The terminus of the North Mount Lyell Railway was at Gormanston and the Comstock Tram was proposed to circumnavigate Mount Lyell but was never completed.

The valley suffered from extensive bushfires in the early twentieth century, and as a consequence the forested valley became denuded. Large numbers of tree stumps line the Mount Lyell slopes in the valley a hundred years after the fires.

The valley is the site of extensive evidence of glaciation in the West Coast Range with a particular stage known as the Linda Glacial stage Kiernan, Kevin (1983) Weathering evidence for an additional glacial stage in Tasmania Australian Geographical Studies Volume 21 Issue 2, Pages 197 - 220

The valley's glacial morraine is the only Late Pliocene site with plant fossil assemblages in Tasmania and one of only a few in Australia.

The valley has been part of recent mineral exploration lease areas - however prospective mineral deposits have not been located to date, possibly due to the glacial...
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