the undermined edge of the tundra furnishes abundance of material for this mud as it is rolled down the face of the bluff, over and over in a coarse kind of cultivation. A large quantity a foot or two in thickness has accumulated on shelves and low slopes of the ice, and being drained from beneath and the moss killed as if it had been plowed, a growth of grass has taken possession of it and is flourishing beyond conception, 4 ft. high at least and very close, mixed with a few stalks of Artemisia and a yellow Comp[ositae.] The peat being exposed to the action of the air and to a temp. of about 40 to 50o sends out a strong dung-heap smell.
Original journal dimensions: 11.5 x 21 cm.
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