A Journey to the Source of the River Oxus

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J. Murray, 1872 - 280 páginas
 

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Página 112 - I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, And floods upon the dry ground: I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, And my blessing upon thine offspring: And they shall spring up as among the grass, As willows by the water courses.
Página 233 - Upon leaving this country, and proceeding for three days, still in an east-north-east course, ascending mountain after mountain, you at length arrive at a point of the road, where you might suppose the surrounding summits to be the highest lands in the world. Here, between two ranges, you perceive a large lake, from which flows a handsome river, that pursues its course along an extensive plain, covered with the richest verdure.
Página 209 - Yak possesses a wonderful knowledge of what will bear his weight. If travellers are at fault, one of these animals is driven before them, and it is said that he avoids the hidden depths and chasms with admirable sagacity. His footing is sure. Should a fall of snow close a mountain pass to man and horse, a score of Yaks driven a-head answer the purpose of pioneers, and make, as his informant expressed it, a
Página 239 - The grass of Pamir, they tell you, is so rich that a sorry horse is here brought into good condition in less than twenty days ; and its nourishing qualities are evidenced in the productiveness of their ewes, which almost invariably bring forth two lambs at a birth.
Página 171 - Under the spot to be quarried a fire is kindled, and its flame, fed by dry furze, is made to flicker over the surface. When the rock has become sufficiently soft, it is beaten with hammers, and flake after flake knocked off until the stone of which they are in search is discovered. Deep grooves are then picked out round the lapis lazuli, into which crowbars are inserted, and the stone and part of its matrix are detached.
Página 206 - The formation of the mountain is either red sandstone or limestone, largely impregnated with magnesia. The mines are easily worked, the operation being more like digging a hole in sand than quarrying rocks. The galleries are described as being numerous, and running directly in from the river. Wherever a seam or whitish blotch is discovered, the miners set to work, and when a ruby is found, it is always encased in a round nodule of considerable size. The mines have not been worked since Badakhshan...

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