In the central parts of the Chonos Archipelago (latitude 45degrees), the forest has very much the same character with thatalong the whole west coast, for 600 miles southward to Cape Horn. DECEMBER 6, 1834. Brazil, great area of granite. I had now been several dayswithout tasting anything besides meat: I did not at all dislikethis new regimen; but I felt as if it would only have agreed withme with hard exercise. Artifices of an Epeira. gossamer, killed by and killing wasps. JANUARY 18, 1836. Shaw waslaughed at for stating that "the flesh of the lion is in greatesteem, having no small affinity with veal, both in colour, taste,and flavour. 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. When within the mouth of the river, I was interested by observinghow slowly the waters of the sea and river mixed. "BEAGLE" UNDER FULL SAIL, VIEW FROM ASTERN. )I will not enter on many more details; but I must remark that thecurious structure of the northern Maldiva atolls receives (takinginto consideration the free entrance of the sea through theirbroken margins) a simple explanation in the upward and outwardgrowth of the corals, originally based both on small detached reefsin their lagoons, such as occur in common atolls, and on brokenportions of the linear marginal reef, such as bounds every atoll ofthe ordinary form. In the evening we saw in the distance New Zealand. Thesewaggons are very long, narrow, and thatched with reeds; they haveonly two wheels, the diameter of which in some cases is as much asten feet. In the more level parts of the country, thesurface of the peat is broken up into little pools of water, whichstand at different heights, and appear as if artificiallyexcavated. It is remarkable thus to find so strange and dreadful adisease appearing time after time in the same isolated spot.
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- Atoll, loftysurrounding mountains