John Muir


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26 secondary thuds & thunderings as the mass or masses plunge & rise again & again ere they come to balanced equilibrium. Seldom if ever do the towers battlements pinnacles etc [mts] [mountains] wh [which] the gl [glacier] front is cut fall forward headlong from its base near the water level but as if the front were undermined by the melting action of the water of they inlet they sink vertically or nearly so, occasionally maintaining their upright position after sinking far below the level of the water & rising 100 ft [feet] or more into the air, with water streaming like hair from their crowns & points & down the sides, then launch forward & fall flat with yet another tremendous thunderous report. raising spray in v [very]

27 magnificent flame like radiating jets & sheets. occasionally to the very top of the front wall Illumined by the sun the spray & angular crystal masses are indescribably rich & glorious Some of the discharges pour in fragments from clefts in the wall like waterfalls white & mealy looking & with a rushing succession of thunder tones combined into a huge solemn roar. Most of these crumbling discharges are from the excessively shattered central part of the ice wall. The solid masses of deep blue from the ends of the wall producing the grand bergs. Also from the bottom of the gl [glacier]. The gl [glacier] from the declivity of the island region 3 ms [miles] back [from] the front is crevassed into

Date Original

June 1890


Original journal dimensions: 9 x 14.5 cm.

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