Consequently, when an island thus fringed subsides, though most ofthe narrow gateways will probably become closed by the outward andupward growth of the corals, yet any that are not closed (and somemust always be kept open by the sediment and impure water flowingout of the lagoon-channel) will still continue to front exactly theupper parts of those valleys at the mouths of which the originalbasal fringing-reef was breached. After dinner we landed to enjoy all thedelights produced by the first impressions of a new country, andthat country the charming Tahiti. Gorda. )"Seeds and plants from Sumatra and Java have been driven up by thesurf on the windward side of the islands. And lastly, the profound depth of the oceanbetween the islands, and their apparently recent (in a geologicalsense) volcanic origin, render it highly unlikely that they wereever united; and this, probably, is a far more importantconsideration than any other with respect to the geographicaldistribution of their inhabitants. SEPTEMBER 23, 1835.
- Fall '18
- The Ascent