John Muir


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but it was not so always. The lake once stood at a much higher level & this can scarce be a doubt its water once discharged into the ocean. The prist [pristine] lake is only a small remnant of its former grandeur. Its level at the close of the glacial epoch was nearly a 1000 ft higher than now as is unmistakably shown by the beautiful terraces down around the mountain sides It is still in these its [dying] latter days so [mtns] long by 50 wide [ ] the most imposing beautiful of all the inland lakes this side of the Rocky Mtns [mountains] Utah [Great] Lake & the Jordan & all its mtn tributaries abound in fish but no species can live in the acrid lake. 25 per cent or more is said to be salt. [ ] [ ] Bathing in its hard crisp [ ] is delightfully invigorating as I had proved one bright day when its [surface] made all [a roll] of

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Original journal dimensions: 8.5 x 14 cm.

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