[Joseph] Le Conte
4 [A]main range, and vast ice floes from the Tuolumne above Hetchy Hetchy broke over into the Merced basin by the "Yo Semite, Cascade and Tamarac tributaries. Most of this Tuol- umne ice had to cross the great canon reaching from near the Soda Spring to Hetchy thus. [drawing] 1. Yo Dr Joseph Le Conte. Yo Semite, Dec 17. '72Dear Le Conte. My seasons work is done. I have had one gen- eral view of the Merced basin above Yo Semite and am aston- ished at the magnitude of the ancient glaciers with which it was universally flooded, and of the work which they accom- plished. The entire basin is one glacial monument covered with inscriptions, some graved in small line characters too minute for our eyes, others dif- ficult to read because of their magnitude, the depth of canon and height of dome composing the separate letters thereof. 00634
1872 Dec 17
Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 25.5 cm.
Reel 02, Image 0997
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