RECORD: Darwin, C. R. Geological diary: From S of St Sebastian to St Pauls head. CUL-DAR34.196 Transcribed by Kees Rookmaaker, edited by John van Wyhe (Darwin Online,

REVISION HISTORY: Transcribed by Kees Rookmaaker, corrections and editing by John van Wyhe 4.2011. RN1

NOTE: This document, part of the largest scientific document composed by Darwin during the voyage of the Beagle, is written mostly in ink. Marginal notes are here integrated into the text.

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See the introduction to the Geological Diary by Gordon Chancellor.


December 15 16th [1832?]

From S of St Sebastian to St Pauls head is a large formation of horizontal strata. — these are much intersected by sloping vallies: which perhaps generally run about W & E. — From St Pauls head a chain of lofty mountains were seen running in ( (in a SE & NW direction?) towards the East & beginning: as far as could be seen about SW by S (true): softer strata: lofty cliffs

There was the last appearance of low cliff. to the West entrance of St. Polycarpo

In Thetis Bay, the hills appear to run SW & NE. —

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