Richardson well remarks, utterly inexplicableconnected with the different degrees of shyness and care with whichbirds conceal their nests. From the great wavenot immediately following the earthquake, but sometimes after theinterval of even half an hour, and from distant islands beingaffected similarly with the coasts near the focus of thedisturbance, it appears that the wave first rises in the offing;and as this is of general occurrence, the cause must be general: Isuspect we must look to the line where the less disturbed waters ofthe deep ocean join the water nearer the coast, which has partakenof the movements of the land, as the place where the great wave isfirst generated; it would also appear that the wave is larger orsmaller, according to the extent of shoal water which has beenagitated together with the bottom on which it rested. In Europe beetles which findsupport in the matter which has already contributed towards thelife of other and larger animals, are so numerous that there mustbe considerably more than one hundred different species. The country on both sides of thispart of the Strait consists of nearly level plains, like those ofPatagonia. Thosewhich frequent the higher and damp regions eat the leaves ofvarious trees, a kind of berry (called guayavita) which is acid andaustere, and likewise a pale green filamentous lichen (Usneraplicata), that hangs from the boughs of the trees. The wind being northerly, we only reached the mouth of the harbourof Concepcion before it was dark. Near the head of the lagoon I was much surprised tofind a wide area, considerably more than a mile square, coveredwith a forest of delicately branching corals, which, thoughstanding upright, were all dead and rotten. The colour, examined more carefully, was a French grey, withnumerous minute spots of bright yellow: the former of these variedin intensity; the latter entirely disappeared and appeared again byturns. The bones of this head are so fresh, that they contain,according to the analysis by Mr. Sand-dunes. salt and shells. Fear an
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- Seawater, The Great Wave off Kanagawa