Geographical Review Volume 4

Geographical Review Volume 4

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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. 1917 edition. Excerpt: capable of some interesting action, again tempted fate by showering down more twigs and leaves. In many places the receding water of the river had left isolated pools; these were teeming with fish of many species, some of which were of large size; a number we caught had practically the entire tails and fins eaten off, their cannibalistic brethren having no doubt taken advantage of the circumstances and begun to devour them piecemeal at their leisure. The trees were tall and straight, and there was dense undergrowth near the rivers only. Mosses and epiphytes, so typical of the subtropical zone, were almost lacking; but frequently the wind brought the delightful fragrance of ripening vanilla beans and the perfume of flowers. Great clusters of scarlet trumpet-flowers dangled from the tips of slender vines, and from the tops of many of the trees drooped long garlands of huge white and blue flowers that resembled sweet peas; some of these blooms were two inches in diameter. There were also clumps of terrestrial orchids on some of the rocks, with slender spikes of deep purple flowers waving daintily under the impulse of each passing breeze. Seven days after leaving Cochabamba, we came suddenly upon the little cluster of grass and bamboo houses known as Todos Santos; there were exactly eight of them, two of which were of large size, partially enclosing a wide plot of ground carpeted with soft, green grass; tall forest hemmed in the settlement on three sides, and the Rio Chapare, flowing through deep hanks, formed the boundary on the fourth side. The largest building was occupied by the intendente, or Federal agent, who generously provided us with accommodations; in addition to the several living rooms, there was an immense ware-room more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 14mm | 485g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236876059
  • 9781236876058