As it does not appear probable that thetubes are produced by successive distinct shocks, we must believethat the lightning, shortly before entering the ground, dividesitself into separate branches. The whole scene,in spite of its green colour, had rather a desolate aspect. Excepting near the lagoon, wherethere is some sand, the land is entirely composed of roundedfragments of coral. Imay here add, that after the comparison by Messrs. Toxodon. eating coral. Had another sea followedthe first, our fate would have been decided soon, and for ever. At night I slept at the house of the owner of one of the saltpetremines. I had a letter of introduction to Mr. Aconcagua, volcano of. recent in Pampas. Amongst the natives there is absent thatcharming simplicity which is found in Tahiti; and the greater partof the English are the very refuse of society. White's paper in the "Annals ofNatural History" volume 7 page 472. It is much softer, more transparent, and containsmore animal matter, than the natural incrustation at Ascension; butwe here again see the strong tendency which carbonate of lime andanimal matter evince to form a solid substance allied to shell. On the fine plains ofturf we saw many ostriches (Struthio rhea). More to the south we saw many pure Indians: indeed, allthe inhabitants of some of the islets retain their Indian surnames. Waterhouseat the meetings of the Zoological Society. Its appearance was rather pretty. At still greater depths the temperature of the mud and waterwould probably not be low enough to preserve the flesh; and hence,carcasses drifted beyond the shallow parts near an arctic coast,would
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