in salt-lake. I may mention, as a proof ofhow great a difference there is between the seasons of the woodedand the open parts of this coast, that on September 20th, inlatitude 34 degrees, these birds had young ones in the nest, whileamong the Chonos Islands, three months later in the summer, theywere only laying, the difference in latitude between these twoplaces being about 700 miles. It seems, therefore, mostprobable that at a period when the land stood at a lower levelthere was a plain very similar to that now surrounding Callao,which, being protected by a shingle beach, is raised but verylittle above the level of the sea. Hence there are many always onthe watch to create disturbance and to overturn a government whichas yet has never rested on any stable foundation. It is principally used as a manureand in the manufacture of nitric acid: owing to its deliquescentproperty it will not serve for gunpowder. I was delayed here five days, and employed myself in examining thegeology of the surrounding country, which was very interesting. In thevalley of Quillota, south of Ingenio, I saw some large date-palmtrees. Near the ArroyoTapes I heard of a wood of palms; and one of these trees, ofconsiderable size, I saw near the Pan de Azucar, in latitude 35degrees. Of Crustacea there were many strange and undescribed genera. It was necessary to apply the witchcraftto the point where their perception of cause and effect failed; andthis was the closing of the volcanic vent. Mares killed for their hides. How thoroughly odious to every feeling, to bewaited on by a man who the day before, perhaps, was flogged, fromyour representation, for some trifling misdemeanour.
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- Winter '19
- DR. Tesfa
- Tierra del Fuego