the Lisburne coal mine. A bluff higher than this has an old snow bank leaning against it, and the wind having blown grass stems, and bits of lichen and moss and soil particles on its surface, the moss has already begun to grow over it, and if protected from the breakers it would undoubtedly be preserved for hundreds or thousands of years, inasmuch as it is frozen solid. Possibly beneath this snow there is some of the original ice, for judging from the sculpture of the cliffs adjacent they have had a small active (not frozen) glacier leaning against them for centuries.
Original journal dimensions: 11.5 x 21 cm.
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