It Joined The Valley Of
Lagoons Very Much Like The Valley Of The Reedy Brook, And Seemed To Unite
With The Latter, And To Expand All Over The Large Basin.
headlands protruded from the table land into the valley of lagoons,
between the stream of lava and reedy brook.
Many of them were composed of
quartzite and pegmatite [Graphic granite, composed of quartz and
laminated felspar. - ED.], the detritus of which formed sandy slopes very
different from the black and loamy soil of the table land and its plains.
Several isolated hills and short ridges rise out of the basaltic floor of
the valley of lagoons; they are composed of a different rock; and if it
may be allowed me to judge by the colour and by analogy, I should say
that they were pegmatite and quartzite. It would, therefore, appear that
the valley of lagoons is connected with three streams of lava; one
following down the river to the southward, a second coming down the
valley of Reedy Brook from W.N.W., and the third coming from the N.W. The
course of the Burdekin has no connection with this valley, but runs
apparently along its eastern side, and divides the primitive rocks from
the streams of lava; for I had not observed any lava on its left bank.
In returning to our camp, we saw a great number of women and children,
who ran away upon seeing us, screaming loudly, which attracted some young
men to the spot, who were much bolder and approached us.
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