John Muir


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April 5.At anchor from 10:00 last evening until about 8:00 this morning off Townsville Magnetic Island opposite the town was within 3/4 mile of anchorage. Rock apparently gray granite with cleavage joints well developed, seemed unchanged glacial monument in sculpture as if in Alaska or the High Sierra. Several broad shallow glacial amphitheatres opened towards the town at sea level. The first unmistakable glacial sculpture at sea level inside the tropics have ever seen - about 19°. Anchored this morning from1:30 till 5:00 on account of dark storm. April 6. Besides the Magnetic Island ice sculpture, there is no lack of clear specimens much farther north seen last afternoon and today, and much interesting scenery in general. Saw a considerable number of low coral islands today through the midst of which we made our way, aided by steel beacons or iron trees. One on which there is a lighthouse is a fine specimen of an Atoll. Circular with its lagoon calm inside, the whole very low wreathed with foam of waves breaking on living wall. At 1:30 A.M. Rain in torrents.

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