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Salinas Valley.

After leaving Salinas, up to which the country has been sandy or bottom land, the road continues southward mostly on the eastern side of the valley, which is narrow (relatively) and in the middle of which the small stream of the Salinas river meanders over a bed of gravel. The cuts on the east side were into a horizontally stratified fine gravel with occasional coarser layers and capped with what looked like adobe soil or fine sandy mould, sometimes black and of a considerable depth.  The depth of the gravel beds was unexpected. They seem for much of the distance to rise far above the valley plain perhaps even to more than