Near Fuentes we saw a large flock of guinea-fowl--probably fifty orsixty in number. In Chile, theyhaunt, during the greater part of the year, the lower country nearthe shores of the Pacific, and at night several roost together inone tree; but in the early part of summer they retire to the mostinaccessible parts of the inner Cordillera, there to breed inpeace. But then immediately occurs the startling difficulty, whyhas the sea worn out these great though circumscribed depressionson a wide platform, and left mere gorges at the openings, throughwhich the whole vast amount of triturated matter must have beencarried away? The only light I can throw upon this enigma is byremarking that banks of the most irregular forms appear to be nowforming in some seas, as in parts of the West Indies and in the RedSea, and that their sides are exceedingly steep. Yaquil gold mines. (1/2. Rosas, General. Yet the Gaucho in the Pampas, for months together,touches nothing but beef. river of. Agouti, habits of. The beds including the above fossil remains stand only from fifteento twenty feet above the level of high water; and hence theelevation of the land has been small (without there has been anintercalated period of subsidence, of which we have no evidence)since the great quadrupeds wandered over the surrounding plains;and the external features of the country must then have been verynearly the same as now. Head marvels how mineshave been discovered in such extraordinary situations, as the bleaksummit of the mountain of S. Fourthly aswallow, which though differing from the Progne purpurea of bothAmericas, only in being rather duller coloured, smaller, andslenderer, is considered by Mr. Cactus, Cereus Peruviana. The first impression on seeing the correspondence of the horizontalstrata on each side of these valleys and great
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- Spring '18
- Out of Sight, Gaucho, General Rosas