[Joseph] Le Conte
some ice from about Mt Lyell Dana etc broke over the Hoffman range into the Tuolumne basin below the Soda Springs thus cutting off the Hoffman from the [illegible] range, & vast ice flows from the Tuolumne above Hetch Hetchy broke over into the Merced basin by the Yosemite & cascade & Tamarac tributaries, & most of this Tuolumne ice had to cross the great canon reaching from near the Soda Springs to Hetchy thus the Tuolumne Canon above Hetch Hetchy is deep as Yosemite [& this deleted] & the fact that so much ice flowed easily over it into the Merced basin gives some idea of the magnitude [drawing, with writting] of the glaciers of this region. It is only the vastness of the glacial pathways of these mtns that prevents one from seeing them at once. The English alphabet would puzzle a professor if written large enough if each letter were made up of many smaller ones. The bed of one unbroken ice river is frequently veiled with forests & a network of tiny water channels. The great central glaciers of Yosemite did not come squeezingly gropingly down to the main valley by the narrow, angular, tortuous canons of Tenaya, Nevada, [illegible]tte, but all of this summit ice was united above the valley, even towards the later glacial period & flowed grandly & directly over all the upper domes like a steady wind, while its lower, bottom currents went mazing &
1871 Dec 17
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