32 much of this water caught in tight crevasses no doubt freezes during winter & gives rise to many of the irregular veins on the gl [glacier]. Snow also saturated freezes at times & [becomes] is incorporated within the ice. As [it does not all] the snow only from the lower part of the gl [glacier] melts during summer. Have noticed many traces of this action.
One of the most beautiful things have seen on the gl [glacier] is the myriad of minute & intensely brilliant diamond-like points of light [burning] in rows along the edges of streams & pools from the tips of crystal ice melting in the sun. These [gems] are rayed like stars & twinkle & no [diamond] is arrayed in more beautiful [ ] [so] [ ] & brilliant irised light
Original journal dimensions: 8.5 x 13 cm.
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