paternoster lake


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paternoster lake

[′päd·ər‚näs·tər ‚lāk]
(hydrology)
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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If seen from above they look like a string of beads, similar to the paternoster beads used by Roman Catholics during prayer--hence the name, paternoster lakes.
You can spend a day hiking to the string of glacial tarns--Fisher-cap, Redrock, and Bullhead Lakes--called paternoster lakes because they resemble beads of the rosary But if at all possible, book time (a day by foot) to visit the park's best-known and most accessible glacier, Grinnell.