entombed in their banks and beneath their waters, etc. Next in general interest to me are the pine and larch forests their vast extent, their hardy bravery and beauty and majesty, their branches waving in breezes, streaming in storm winds, shining in sun or snow-laden, sparkling in keen frosty air, putting forth their tassels in the quick spring, sowing their seeds, etc. The fertility of the soil over extensive stretches of more than a thousand miles wide, with scarce a rod of waste. Barometer 25 (?) miles east of Chita, 2150. Markabebo (?) English Makkaveievo, an old village, situated on side of magnificent glacial meadow, one of the grandest have seen on this trip. Several glaciers met here hence the basin, and in meeting made fine scenery for basin banks. The forest here as usual, P. sylvestris, Larix and birch. Tall willows in mead. The railroad cuts along rim show heavy moraines of sand gravel. A fine stream, size of Tuolumne or larger runs through basin. Soil rather poor soil, on adjacent dry moraine plains, few patches of rye, wheat, buckwheat, potatoes.
Original journal dimensions: 9.5 x 16 cm.
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