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The 2,000-acre (8 km) muckland of a valley located in Potter, New York, which is part of Torrey Farms, was almost a 12th Finger Lake, as the waterline is just below the surface.It lies between Lakes Canandaigua and Seneca, and was once a swamp.


The Tuscarora tribe lived in the Finger Lakes region as well, from ca. The Onondaga and Oneida tribes lived at the eastern edge of the region, closer to their namesake lakes, Oneida Lake and Onondaga Lake. During colonial times, many other tribes moved to the Finger Lakes region, seeking the protection of the Iroquois.Despite the deep erosion of the valleys, the surrounding uplands show little evidence of glaciation, suggesting that the ice was thin, or at least unable to cause much erosion at these higher altitudes.The deep cutting by the ice left some tributaries hanging high above the lakes—both Seneca and Cayuga have tributaries hanging as much as 120 m above the valley floors.Onondaga Lake, though located just north of the Finger Lakes region, is not considered one of the Finger Lakes.As with Oneida and Cazenovia Lakes, it drains into Lake Ontario and the St. Likewise, Chautauqua Lake, Findley Lake and Kinzua Lake to the west are not considered Finger Lakes; all three drain into the Allegheny River and eventually into the Gulf of Mexico, and in the case of Kinzua and Findley, the lakes are the artificial creation of dams.The first is the Tully Valley, which includes a chain of small lakes at the south end that could be a "Finger Lake" that never formed because of a terminal moraine.

The moraine caused the Tioughnioga River to flow south instead of north, the opposite of the Finger Lakes' waters.

Conesus, Hemlock, Canadice, Honeoye, and Otisco are considered the minor Finger Lakes.

Other, smaller lakes, including Silver, Waneta, and Lamoka lakes, dot this region.

Much of the Finger Lakes area lies upon the Marcellus Shale and the Utica Shale, two prominent natural gas reserves.

Due to the recent popularization of fracking technology, the natural gas is now available to extraction.

The Finger Lakes is a group of 11 long, narrow, roughly north–south lakes in a region called the Finger Lakes region in Central New York, in the United States.