Of beetles I collected twenty-fivespecies (excluding a Dermestes and Corynetes imported wherever aship touches); of these, two belong to the Harpalidae, two to theHydrophilidae, nine to three families of the Heteromera, and theremaining twelve to as many different families. The plain, at the distance of a few miles from the coast, belongsto the great Pampean formation, which consists in part of a reddishclay, and in part of a highly calcareous marly rock. Three whaling-ships werelying at anchor, and a canoe every now and then crossed from shoreto shore; with these exceptions, an air of extreme quietnessreigned over the whole district. These losses, however, are at the time partly relievedby the exhaustless delight of anticipating the long-wished-for dayof return. Their extinction has probably been caused bythe entire destruction of the woods, and the consequent loss offood and shelter, which occurred during the early part of the lastcentury. Most of theseanimals inhabit only the drier eastern parts of the country; andthe deer has never been seen south of the Strait of Magellan. Pasture, ofcourse, there is none; if cattle or horses once enter the bed, theyare for the time completely lost. When quietly walking along the shady pathways, and admiring eachsuccessive view, I wished to find language to express my ideas. The great wave caused the destruction of manycattle; on one low island near the head of the bay, seventy animalswere washed off and drowned. of Vanikoro. The rapidity of the current,which in its whole course runs at the rate of from four to sixknots an hour, is perhaps its most remarkable feature.
- Spring '18
- Woods, Sleater-Kinney, The Great Wave off Kanagawa, Corynetes