Bulletin of the Pan American Union Volume 35

Bulletin of the Pan American Union Volume 35

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1912 edition. Excerpt: ...which provide permanent facilities for the present traffic of the city of Para, as well as for the traffic, present and to come, from that immense area known as the Amazon Aralley, which embraces 7,000,000 square kilometers (2,722,000 square miles), and although additions must, later on, be made to the docks as they exist now; yet the unit of improvement has been established and further extension need be nothing more than a duplication of that unit. The Port of Para Co. is a legally organized corporation under a charter from the State of Maine and holding a concession from the Federal Government of Brazil. To it is given a monopoly of the port services, construction and operation of quays, warehouses, and other works at Para within a zone of 18 miles toward the ocean and 12 miles in the other direction, for a period of 65 years, and this period is to be extended to 90 years after the completion of the second section of the works. As the steamer approaches the port it-must pass through a channel leading from the outer river toward the city. This channel is provided with a depth of W feet, which varies somewhat, both on account of the shifting of the bottom, which makes necessary a persistent dredging, and also on account of the tide, which at Para has an elevation of from 6 to 10 feet. It can be mentioned here that the Amazon at Para is not modified by the Hoods that annually pour down from the eastern slopes of the Andes, and which at the important port of Manaos cause a variation of water level of as high as 60 feet. This rise commences on the upper rivers in October, reaching the main stream of the Amazon early in December; it lasts six months, the alterations being quite systematic and regular, the highest point occurring toward the...show more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 25mm | 871g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236896769
  • 9781236896766