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paternoster lake[′päd·ər‚näs·tər ‚lāk]
One of a linear chain or series of small circular lakes, usually at different levels, which occupy rock basins in a glacial valley and are separated by morainal dams or riegels, but connected by streams, rapids, or waterfalls to resemble a rosary or string of beads. Also known as beaded lake; rock-basin lake; step lake.
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