Ice tongue & river [Drawing: View of La Perouse Gl[acier] N W side from one mile off shore. Forests growing in moraine deposits. Part apparently brushed off by advance of ice 20 yrs ago? Some now falling by undermining of river]
by melting & evaporation is greater exposure to sunshine Another perhaps greater cause is from the warm winds from the sea The temp[erature] of the water today a mile or two off shore was 48° [Drawing: tree island. At high tide the open sea just reaches the foot of ice wall wh[ich] averages about 200 ft - & is very jagged almost as precipitous as the discharging front of a complete gl[acier]. The SE side dirty & evidently nearly motionless. The mid & NW sides clean & marvellously crevassed with blades & pinnacles. Large masses fall from front & waste on the narrow flat washed at high tide it is in the very first stage of decadence”]
Original journal dimensions: 9 x 15.5 cm.
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