Museum Bulletin Volume 148-151

Museum Bulletin Volume 148-151

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1911 edition. Excerpt: ...island, lying on this gravel layer and buried under 6 to I2 inches of plant mold and sod we uncovered the bones of several walruses, from the skull of one taking a great leaden slug weighing upward of an ounce. On the retreating sea cliffs these bones may be seen projecting here and there from beneath the uncertain soil. These are rather interesting occurrences as it is said that no walrus has been killed in the Magdalens since late in the 18th century. The hunting of the walrus is one of the romantic bits of the early history of the islands. Cartier's enthusiastic account of Brion island and its paradisiacal charms told stories of them which excited the lust of both Bretons and English and it was over the walrus hunting that blood was shed between these peoples. In this pursuit it was the practice to Deflation. In a region so given over to sands and so exposed to the winds evidences of the destructive power of moving sand are on every hand. The traveling of the dunes does not indeed extend far inland though they have piled up about the few spruce patches that remain on the shores. The most notable effect of sand etching is seen in the angled crystalline boulders. These boulders are ice borne, dropped where they lie by the bergs and fioe ice of no recent date. It is very noticeable that these ice-carried blocks are much more abundant in the northern islands. Coffin and Grosse Isle, and that here nearly every example. whether on or in the soil, is a dreikantner, while on the southern islands such blocks are seldom angled by this etching. This fact is naturally explained by the much more exposed situation of the northern islands. Not only are these evidences of recent deflation very apparent, but the adjoining plate shows a group of...show more

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  • Paperback | 202 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 372g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236906500
  • 9781236906502