The Edinburgh Annual Register, for 1817

The Edinburgh Annual Register, for 1817

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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. 1821 edition. Excerpt: ...gave, on the lowest computation, 26,462 feet; to which is to be added 400, being the height of the station itself above the sea. Although all these observations, from their distance, were by some represented as at least doubtful, yet subsequent observation seems to have fully confirmed them. At the same time with these important observations of Mr Colebrooke, was communicated to the public, the narrative of an enterprizing traveller, who had penetrated into the very heart of this immense chain. Mr Moorcroft, accompanied by Captain Hearsay, undertook a journey into Thibet, with the view of obtaining specimens of the celebrated shawl-goat, peculiar to that country. His object was also to survey the lake of Manasarowara, an object of religious veneration in India, and from which the great streams of the Ganges and theBrahmapoutrahave been supposed, though erroneously, to derive their source. Mr Moorcroft found nothing new till after passing the vicinity of the celebrated shrine of Bhadrinath, to which Mr Webb had penetrated in 1808. He then entered a narrow and tremendous pass formed by the mountain-stream of the Dauli, and bordered by almost perpendicular cliffs rising to an amazing height. On the declivity of these were vast forests of pine-trees, some of which might have made masts for a ship of war. Many of them, from their height and the magnificence of their foliage, were mistaken by him for cypress and cedar. The tracks made through the broken precipices of this tremendous pass seem to have been of the most rude and perilous nature. The mountaineers were indeed bound to keep them in repair; but they considered it quite enough if they preserved a track by which goats and sheep could scramble. These are 'the only animals who are ever...
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  • Paperback | 376 pages
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  • United States
  • English
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  • 1236936183
  • 9781236936189