John Muir


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The commonest traces found along the shores of these bays and inlets are those of man and woodpeckers on the trees. The Indians have camped from time immemorial, and so have many white men in the last century for these water lanes are the only open ways at the mouths of the many streams; and stumps of trees that have been felled with axes or hacked driftlogs are common, only, however, on the immediate margin. Knife marks, too, on the decayed punky portions of trees are still more common, light wood being scarce and much sought for in so damp a climate. { Sketch : View of Great Glacier 60 miles from Fort Wrangell N.W. } [Note by sketch: from the others and reach the ocean by being carried on by the stream issuing from the end of the glacier. The large glaciers on the Stickeen send a few small bergs to the sea on the occasions of a flood caused by the escape of the dammed waters of some glacial lake. This happened a few years ago on the Great Glacier 40 miles up the river. These latter bergs are, however, formed in the first place simply by the falling away of a portion of the snout, not by the uplift of the end of the glacier where submerged. A fleet of bergs form a fine addition to the fiord scenes. ]

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