The Garden Of Eden (Part 5, page 3 of 18)


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Part 5

being separated from S'al-la. Each sleep period was a trial, and was only exacerbated by Mabel's

restlessness.

They landed in an area where the morning rise in temperature kept the continental arctic

outflow in check; during the evenings, the wind changed direction, coming directly from the north. In the distance stood a wall of ice that looked at least a mile high. Gil didn't think it was his imagination that the continent-sized ice flow seemed to radiate bitter, heart-numbing cold.

The vegetation in question was a brownish kelp-like plant that grew in dense beds along the shallow shoreline. Gil's team set to monitoring the growth- and replacement-rate of the aquatic

foliage.

By "noon" the testing equipment and various experiments were in place. The team

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