Guide to the Dutch East Indies

Guide to the Dutch East Indies

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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. 1897 edition. Excerpt: we commence, at about 3 o'clock p.m., to ascend the mountain through a dense wood, and before dark reach the highest inhabited hut (about 1550 m. above sea-level), where we partake of supper, stay the night, and take breakfast in the morning. We resume our journey at the break of day, and reach the top within two hours afterwards. Here it is so cold, that we are glad to have our overcoats. This top is reached along two fumaroles, not far from the now active crater Pakoendang-Gedang, situated in the four funnel-like old craters running into one another, which constitute the west cone. From a depth of go m. steam rises with a dull sound. This steam is mingled with sulphuric acid and sulphur hydrogen-gas. The other crater, now extinct, with a depth of 123 m., filled up for a great part the east boiler of a former crater 2ooo m. long and 1600 m. wide, of which at present there still exists a swampy bottom and a sharp edge 2600 m. in length. In order to walk down that edge it is necessary to pass the night on the top, wherefore the point is chosen that is indicated on the map (Encampment), and where there is ample shelter against the cutting winds, that roar in the night over the mountain-top. To reach the sand-and ash-bottom of the extinct crater, we go from the south point of the edge of this opening (2706 m. above sea-level), along the west border to the north side, where the descent begins, to finish it over a very steep path along the east side. The sand-sea between the two craters is a remnant of two former similar openings, and can be crossed in half an hour. The descent to Soengei Poeat' takes three hours. There you thank the hospitable Toeankoe-Laras for his pains, and pay the expenses. The cart is already waiting which...
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  • Paperback | 70 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 141g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236954653
  • 9781236954657