John Muir


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There is a noble group of glaciers here, some 8 or 10 of them from 3 to 15 miles long, flowing in beautiful curves from a highly complicated range of womb-shaped fountains guarded by sharp, jagged, aspiring peaks and pinnacles, and with wide canons steeply walled and cut down to the level of the sea. Three of the main trunk-glaciers come down to sea-level or nearly, one certainly does. This one, fed by 8 or 10 tributaries and probably 15 miles long, shoves its snout into the head of a long sound and was resorted to for ice by ships. They could lie alongside. Another received two grand tributaries about equal in size and then flows at a low angle down through the forested valley to within one or two hundred feet of the sea level and back from the shore not more than a mile, probably not so much. The main glacier S. E. with 5 main tributary valleys lies in the Yosemite which it fills from wall to wall. { Sketch }

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