John Muir


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2 Ore much honeycomb in weathering which gives it the appearance of vesicular lava. Iron mountain is said to be almost wholly composed of this ore. It is almost impossible to conceive of a devastation more universal than is produced among the plants of the [Sierra] by sheep. The grass of meadows is eaten close and trodden until it resembles a corral although the toughness of the 3 sod preserves the roots from destruction. But when the soil is not preserved by a strong elastic sod, it is cut up and beaten to loose dust and every herbaceous plant killed. Trees and bushes escape, but they appear to stand in a desert very different from the delicately planted forest floor which is gardened with flowers arranged in open separate groups. 9/10ths of whole surface of the Sierra is swept by this scourge. Demands legislative interference.

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