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WhenatlastIawakened, itwastodiscovermyselfhalfsuckedintoaslimyexpanseofhellishblackmire whichextendedaboutmeinmonotonousundulations asfarasIcouldsee, andinwhichmyboatlaygroundedsomedistanceaway. 

Thoughonemightwellimagine thatmyfirstsensationwouldbeofwonderatsoprodigious andunexpectedatransformationofscenery, Iwasinrealitymorehorrified thanastonished; fortherewasintheairandintherottingsoilasinisterquality whichchilledmetotheverycore. Theregionwasputridwiththecarcassesofdecayingfish, andofotherlessdescribablethings whichIsawprotrudingfromthenastymudoftheunendingplain. PerhapsIshouldnothopetoconvey inmerewordstheunutterablehideousness thatcandwellinabsolutesilence andbarrenimmensity. Therewasnothingwithinhearing, andnothinginsightsaveavastreachofblackslime; yettheverycompletenessofthestillness andthehomogeneityofthelandscape oppressedmewithanauseatingfear. 

Thesunwasblazingdownfromasky whichseemedtomealmostblackinitscloudlesscruelty; asthoughreflectingtheinkymarshbeneathmyfeet. AsIcrawledintothestrandedboatIrealised thatonlyonetheorycouldexplainmyposition. Throughsomeunprecedentedvolcanicupheaval,aportionoftheoceanfloor musthavebeenthrowntothesurface,exposingregions whichforinnumerablemillionsofyearshadlainhiddenunderunfathomablewaterydepths. Sogreatwastheextentofthenewlandwhichhadrisenbeneathme, thatIcouldnotdetectthefaintestnoiseofthesurgingocean, strainmyearsasImight. Norwerethereanysea-fowltopreyuponthedeadthings. 

ForseveralhoursIsatthinkingorbroodingintheboat, whichlayuponitsside andaffordedaslightshadeasthesunmovedacrosstheheavens. 

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