I stayed here the two ensuing days,and although very unwell, managed to collect from the tertiaryformation some marine shells. Itpossesses scarcely any trade; the exports being confined to a fewhides and living cattle. The captain exclaimed, "Look there! a man whohas seen half the world says it is the case; we always thought so,but now we know it. Theyappear especially common in the sea near Australia; and off CapeLeeuwin I found an allied, but smaller and apparently differentspecies. So dampwas the ground, that there werelarge beds of a coarse cyperus, inwhich great numbers of a very small water-rail lived and bred. Alcide d'Orbigny hasexamined these shells, and pronounces them all to be recent. Horses difficult to drive. As this storm passed overthe forests which surround the Corcovado, the sound produced by thedrops pattering on the countless multitude of leaves was veryremarkable, it could be heard at the distance of a quarter of amile, and was like the rushing of a great body of water.
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Falklands War, Falkland Islands, East Falkland, Tristan d'Acunha, inNorthern Patagonia