The governor and prime minister openly combined to plunderthe State. ) To show the wonderful strength of the front pair ofpincers, I may mention that Captain Moresby confined one in astrong tin box, which had held biscuits, the lid being secured withwire; but the crab turned down the edges and escaped. Wigwam cove. In the valleys here and there might be seen asmall flock of wild geese, and everywhere the ground was so softthat the snipe were able to feed. The usual length of a full-grown one is about a yard,but there are some even four feet long; a large one weighed twentypounds: on the island of Albemarle they seem to grow to a greatersize than elsewhere. That in some cases the sea,instead of spreading out sediment in a uniform sheet, heaps itround submarine rocks and islands, it is hardly possible to doubt,after examining the charts of the West Indies; and that the waveshave power to form high and precipitous cliffs, even in land-lockedharbours, I have noticed in many parts of South America. Tierra del Fuego. This island, theforbidding aspect of which has been so often described, risesabruptly like a huge black castle from the ocean. The egg is white and spherical; onewhich I measured was seven inches and three-eighths incircumference, and therefore larger than a hen's egg. Of these we gathered andbrought home many. TheChagos group appears from some cause, possibly from the subsidencehaving been too rapid, at present to be much less favourablycircumstanced for the growth of reefs than formerly: one atoll hasa portion of its marginal reef, nine miles in length, dead andsubmerged; a second has only a few quite small living points whichrise to the surface, a third and fourth are entirely dead andsubmerged; a fifth is a mere wreck, with its structure almostobliterated.
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