John Muir


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37 [sketch: [Imp] here] [variations of form form imperfect development of] clvage [cleavage] on upper end of first. If clr was perfect we should [have] [regularity] in mountains forms wh would ill compare with the endless [resuting] forms of ornamented sculpture wh the vast variety of clr gives birth to. In Hoff range deep perp slotted vall or canons that look like [inortises] with the broken chisel still left in it. 38 Perhaps the largest moraine in the whole basin is that one wh stretches westward from the northwest shoulder of Hoff range curving slightly southward as it sloped down the mtn side. It is formed of enormous triangular masses torn from the sides of the range all of the fractured side of the mountain to the E being of that kind wh admits mostly of that kind of cl It is partly medial to the smaller trib coming down from west end of range but mostly lateral to the main Hoff trunk. In many places it has been exposed to the action of water & has [ ] such [places] had all of the sand & smaller boulders washed [out] leaving the naked angular blocks [unmoved] Their size & [mode] of fracture suggesting enormous force. [sketches of side of mountain with Hoffman and boulders descending through script]

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