41 No synonym for God is so perfect as Beauty. Whether as seen carving the lines of the Mtns with gls or gathering [matter] into stars or planning the movements of the water or gardening still in its beauty Mtn streams vary greatly in speed not only by [ ] but by roughness of [channel] streams are bridled by having boulders in [channel] Also by planting with birches willows & alders Many of the steep descending streams of the E flank are thus most effectively held in check Roots & branches lean & grow out & many of the [maine] [stems] are bent low over [them] with [snow] pressure, & thus in case
42 of flood they are submerged & by their stiff oposition coupled with flexibility offer a most admirable check to violent flood speed thus protecting moraine channel Heavy streams 3 or 4 ft deep & 20 wide have thus been prevented from eroding their channels in mors [moraines] more than a few feet subsequent to gl period Also lakes act as checks against sudden & violent floods . & as heaters & coolers of waters There is besides spray many beadlike drops or angular water masses thrown into the air by the explosion of air bubbles contained in white churned stream water, these drops rise
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