He answered by saying, "Why, there are noneothers in these southern countries.The levelplains of arid shinglesupport the same stunted and dwarf plants; and in the valleys thesamethorn-bearing bushes grow. Transparency of air in Andes.Many of the marinesappearedwell contented with their situation; they think it better to servetheir one-and-twenty years on shore, let it be what it may, than ina ship; in this choice, if I were a marine, Ishould most heartilyagree. But when I reflect on the almost universal covering of peat, andonthe fact of wheat seldom ripening here, I can hardly believe thatthe climate in summer isso fine and dry as it has lately beenrepresented.At Valparaiso I have seen aliving condorsold for sixpence, but the common price is eight orten shillings. (PLATE 43.He returnedloaded with valuable property. Maldiva atolls; their peculiar structure. Locusts.
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