John Muir



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During October of 1871, in a wide amphitheater between the bases of Red and Black Mountains two of the dominating summits of the Merced group, Muir discovered a new kind of mud. From his studies he recognized it as ""Glacier mud, mountain meal!"" He observed that ""The muddy stream issued from a bank of fresh quarried stones and dirt, that was sixty or seventy feet in height."" In ascending to the summit, he discovered that it was a living glacier. To substantiate his discovery, he set stakes on two different sheets of ice and found that there was a continuous flow in both.


The Overland Monthly v. 9 no. 6.


p. 547-549

Living Glaciers of California.

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