John Muir


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at all to any appreciable extent. They are new born and as plainly [ ] as any glacier polished porphyrited boss in the upper Sierra. The larger islands are only less so on account of after glaciation of local kind. Finally, in the smaller fiords on Vancouver Island we in many instances find the traces distinct where the bottom of the ice sheet has gone down into and up out of them just as they do on high ground valleys, the water alone obscuring the phenomenon which elsewhere would appear quite natural. Remove the water from these fiords and from all the archipelagoes along the coast, and the whole would seem a perfectly common piece of mountain scenery – canon, valley, ridge and mountain. Many detailed proof-facts will be required to compel the assent to this in the minds of most geologists on account of the defectiveness {sketch}

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Original journal dimensions: 8.5 x 13.5 cm.

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