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96 God has been good to Nevada making gates thro [though] her [mtn] Ranges

Green Yel sky at noon on Augusta [ ] poplars & birch “ “ [Spiraea] wreathing the rugged lavas Brier rose around stream banks whenever high & cool Fine streams clear cool from Desetoiga [Desatoya] fountain 20 water [lines] on lava promontory at [Stillwater] 600 ft highest It is interesting to note that in this land of vol energy corrugated with succession [mtn] ranges of craggy topped mtns & deep [muddy] sinks as if the crust of the globe stretched weakly & uncertainly over a shifting fluid 97 foundation There is still so much real stability. All the wide characteristic valleys of this fiery region were lakes during the gl [glacial] epock [epoch] & a careful study of the gls prove beyond question that tens or even hundreds of thousands of yrs [years] elapsed in [their] [ ] recession & that is was during this recession that the waters of those grand sea like lakes disappeared Now the beach lines indicating the successive heights at wh [which] the water stood are drawn in & out in beautiful curves upon every promontory & headland & every receding bay showing conclusively that the fine sculpture of the mtn banks was accomplished prior to their [formation] extension of the lakes – also that since these water lines are level there has not during all these long centuries any sinking or

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