A[lexander] W. Drake
44beneath the gl. The form of the front also changed, being much more regular than formerly. A bold cape jutted far out from near the center.If you have a canoe you may visit the exposed section of the [buried?] forest--on the W side of the inlet--slumps acres from 2 to 20 ft high of Menzies [Mertin?] & Paton spruce some with the bark on & the ground still showing bed of humus with needles & cones, a complete section of the ancient forest floor--wh. had been buried beneath a grand wash of assorted moraine material 150 roughly [abraded?] deposited by flood waters. & then washed out by the western river outlet of the gl. showing that though the gl is now receding It was once still more shrunken than now. & then after remaining far back from its present position long enough for trees several cents old, at least 2 generations of them it advanced, now receding again but notwithstanding these fluctuations the recessions & shallowing far exceed the advances & swellings. As shown by the traces on mtns, & once reached to Juan de Fuca07910
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