20 The bottom of the can [canyon] is the region of tall firs & sun [long] comps [Compositae] [tropic] [woody] comp [compositae] the middle is the region of tall Larkspurs & lilies & [ ] [weed] Cascades [on past] the top of dwarf willows & short stemmed daisies [ ] [ ] [ ] & [firs] & ending [sedge] [& drop] [ ] 5 lakes [down to] the topmost on the divide The middle lake with [ ] [ ] [ ] walls have on [ ] the naked rock & [ ] [ ] [ ] the N rod & [happy] [ ] [ ] [cup] & [ ] [ ] [the] [ ] is bounded [ with] [ ] glaciated those [top] [has] [ ] [ ] [the] [Domes] [ ] stream enters [ ] delta but nearly encircles
21 The [brown] purplish bark of flexilis pine corresponds well with the rock Cassiope at top in sight of snow ab [abundance] of snow July 12/73
Opposite Soda Springs above Merced Lake 1 mile below union of Lyell fork & 2 to South the Merced gl [glacier] was at least 1300 ft deep at least the [striae] & polish on sides at that height above the bottom are clear & fresh looking as at bottom & same testimony is given by other portions of the cañon above & below. Yet it is true that the gl [glacier] may have sunk itself into its channel after marking the upper portions Again the polish may have been obliterated at yet greater heights & the gl [glacier] been far more than 1300 ft. So far from following the guidance of seams & fissures the cañons are usually the resultants in direction & depth & breadth of the several [tributaries] wh [which] make them or of the gls [glaciers] fountains that unite to form a cañon. The Merced Cañon above & below Merced Lake runs
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