Records of the Past Volume 4

Records of the Past Volume 4

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1905 edition. Excerpt: ...lake bed is exposed. It connects directly with the present bottom of Lake Bidwell, 3. I. 1" o and it would seem that the lake in which it was laid down covered much of the space now occupied by the lava. This lake bottom is soft, white, and earthy. The thickness of the lacustrine deposit is 10 ft., and can be plainly seen in several places near the edge, showing evidently that it underlies the lava flow and rests above the earlier deposit of sand, which covers the first deposit. Another interesting fact about the lakes is the snags they contain. They are very abundant in Snag Lake, but many have rotted off, been blown down, and carried off by the water. A few are also found near the east end of Lake Bid well. Cinder Cone and the ash field were evidently the effect of the first explosion, and the lava field that of the second, which was more in the nature of an effusion than an explosion. The whole aspect of the lava field is that of recent formation. Some trees near the lava seem to have been scorched by the heat. Dr. H. A. Harkness, of San Francisco, has studied the subject carefully and written concerning it. He infers, upon very insufficient evidence, that the last eruption took place in January, 1850. But careful search among the Indians and early settlers discovers no knowledge of the occurrence. Settlers who crossed the trail in 1853 report that they noticed the lonely bush now growing on the side was apparently as large then as now. There is to be seen a portion of a tree projecting from the lava. This tree was pushed over by it. There are also two other much older trees to be seen. In the case of one at least, it extends downward through the lava a distance of 10 ft. But the living trees in the neighborhood grow upon the sand...show more

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  • Paperback | 136 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 254g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236491130
  • 9781236491138