we beheld, from one point ofview, three great active volcanoes, each about seven thousand feethigh. The Fuegian wigwam resembles, in size and dimensions, a haycock. The form of its beakand nostrils, length of foot, and even the colouring of itsplumage, show that this bird is a petrel: on the other hand, itsshort wings and consequent little power of flight, its form of bodyand shape of tail, the absence of a hind toe to its foot, its habitof living, and its choice of situation, make it at first doubtfulwhether its relationship is not equally close with the auks.
It was amusing to hear the inhabitantsdiscussing the nature of the fossil shells which I collected,almost in the same terms as were used a century ago inEurope,--namely, whether or not they had been thus "born bynature. Thecontrast of these flat valleys and basins with the irregularmountains gave the scenery a character which to me was new and veryinteresting. HIPPAH, NEW ZEALAND. We travelled in the same independentmanner as before, cooking our own meals, and sleeping in the openair. Doris, eggs of. Chupat, Rio. Tree- ferns. The next day I landed at Talcahuano, and afterwards rode toConcepcion.
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