These heavy sands are language tide and wind have silted here.
Then I came to a long thicket of these oaklike trees--live, or evergreen, oaks, I heard afterwards they should be called--which grew low along the sand like brambles, the boughs curiously twisted, the foliage compact, like thatch.
The water scarcely reached my waist; the sand was firm and covered with ripple marks, and I waded ashore in great spirits, leaving the HISPANIOLA on her side, with her main-sail trailing wide upon the surface of the bay.
The sand and heath and the fir-trees are the only objects I can discover, in all this large place, to remind me of Limmeridge.
The sand when dry is a sufficient insulator, but when wet its non-conductivity is destroyed.