' A third time Iasked, and he laughed. The strip of dry land is only a few hundred yards in width;on the lagoon side there is a white calcareous beach, the radiationfrom which under this sultry climate was very oppressive; and onthe outer coast a solid broad flat of coral-rock served to breakthe violence of the open sea. Occasionally adeer, or a Guanaco (wild Llama) may be seen; but the Agouti (CaviaPatagonica) is the commonest quadruped. FÃ©, I had a better opportunity of observing somesimilar facts. The waterfowl areparticularly numerous, and they must formerly, from the accounts ofthe old navigators, have been much more so. A littleway behind, every stalk and leaf was blackened by a small ant. The more common method is to catchthem with a running noose, or little lazo, made of the stem of anostrich's feather, fastened to the end of a long stick. Interview with the savages. Coral formations. APRIL 20, 1834. )(PLATE 27. In ashort time we were surrounded by a large group of the nearly pureIndian inhabitants. I may mention, as a common instance of one day's (June23rd) collecting, when I was not attending particularly to theColeoptera, that I caught sixty-eight species of that order. As the evening drew to a close, I strolled beneath the gloomy shadeof the bananas up the course of the stream. Hence we must concludethat both the Peuquenes and Portillo ranges were partially upheavedand exposed to wear and tear when the conglomerate was forming; butas the beds of the conglomerate have been thrown off at an angle of45 degrees by the red Portillo granite (with the underlyingsandstone baked by it), we may feel sure that the greater part ofthe injection and upheaval of the already partially formed Portilloline took place after the accumulation of the conglomerate, andlong after the elevation of the Peuquenes ridge. Incolour they resemble the Tahitians, from whom they do not widelydiffer in features. The weather was veryboisterous and cold, with heavy hail-storms. On its first arrivalit appeared very thirsty, and with exserted maxillae drank eagerlyof drops of water; this same circumstance has been observed byStrack: may it not be in consequence of the little insect havingpassed through a dry and rarefied atmosphere? Its stock of webseemed inexhaustible. geology of. We thushave an immense
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- The Conglomerate