John Muir


image preview


rocks about 1500 ft. high. All along the Coast, from the neighborhood Cape Prince of Wales, the peculiar gray color of the rocks, and the forms into which they are weathered and glaciated, indicate one continuous formation, partially described yesterday. Magnificent sections are exposed between the north side of Point Hope and Cape Lisburne. The age of the formation I do not as yet certainly know. The existence of coal-veins here are there in connection with conglomerates, and the few fossils, would tend to identify it as carboniferous, though some of the sections show a wide vertical range. Probably a considerable amount of the formation is older. The new fossils U have seen point to the carboniferous, or older formations. Between 11 and 12 o’clock this forenoon several white whales were seen near the shore, showing their white backs above the water when they rose to breathe, so white at a little distance that they might easily have been mistaken for breaking waves. We saw the Indians shoot and kill one, and went ashore to have a good look at this beluga. It proved to be a small

Date Original



Original journal dimensions: 11.5 x 21 cm.

Resource Identifier



Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library

Rights Management

To view additional information on copyright and related rights of this item, such as to purchase copies of images and/or obtain permission to publish them, click here to view the Holt-Atherton Special Collections policies.


John Muir, journals, drawings, writings, travel, journaling, naturalist