probably had been trading, the sea being smooth. Had a good view of the two Diomedes; the western one is very distinctly glaciated, the summit nearly all of it comprehended in one beautiful ice fountain, giving it a crater-like form. The residual glacial action here, however, has been light comparatively. No deep canons putting back into the mountains, most of which are low. It is interesting, however, to see undoubted traces both of general and local glaciations thus far north, where the ground is in general rather low. Came up to the ice pack about 10 in the evening, turned back and lay to. June 4. Calm, bland, foggy water, glassy and still as a mill pond. Cleared so that one could see a mile ahead at 10 o’clock and we got under way. Sun nearly clear for the first day since coming into the Arctic. Mild, too, 45o at noon, seemed hot even. The clouds lifted from the mountains, showing their bases and slopes up to a 1000 ft; summits capped. Cape East in fine view; high
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