John Muir


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the great glacier which formed Yosemite Valley were still in existence, stretching across from the Three Brothers to below the Sentinel, the ice crushing heavily against the forested rocks of the walls. Yet strange as this may appear, to see glaciers in contact with flowery and tree vegetation, I have so long looked at the ancient glaciers of the Sierra that they have been seen as present in the flesh, so that I seemed to be contemplating what I had long been familiar with. At low tide there stretched from the water to the snout of the glacier a nearly level sheet of moraine matter, granite, sand mud pebbles and cobbles with comparatively few large or even moderate sized boulders, gathered by the many small streams issuing from beneath the glacier and from {sketch}

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Original journal dimensions: 8.5 x 13.5 cm.

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