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May 15, 1891
Keeler, Inyo County, Cal.
I went collecting to-day along the lake shore about a mile northwestward from town and then struck into the mesa northward through the sandhills about a mile and then returned direct to the town.
The lake is bordered near Keeler and as far as the mouth of Owen's River by a strip, from a hundred yards or even less to a mile in width, of clayey sand with a deposit of soda and salt upon it, the sand particles firmly enough held together to prevent drifting by the wind. This ground is firm, dry on the surface but well supplied with more or less alkaline water be-