The Oxford Geographies

The Oxford Geographies

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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. 1906 edition. Excerpt: ...Dordogne from Auvergne. Bordeaux, at the head of the estuary, a great port, is the outlet for the wine districts of the lower Garonne, which produce claret. South of the Gironde the coast is bordered by sand dunes, whose progress inland has been checked in recent years by planting pinewoods. The Saone-Rhone Basin. The Saone-Rhone valley is the great natural route from the Mediterranean to the north (see fig. 79). Notice in fig. 77 what _an important break it makes between the highlands on either side. Trace the course of the Saone, and see how near it flows to the head waters of the rivers of the Moselle, Meuse, and Seine basins, and how, by the valley of its tributary the Doubs, it is connected between the Vosges and the Jura with the middle Rhine plain. The steep slopes of the mountains on the right bank produce the wines of Burgundy. Dijon-on a tributary, is the centre of this district. Lyon, at the junction of the Saone and Rhone, is the centre of the silk manufacture. Below Lyon the united river, known as the Rhone, receives on its left bank two tributaries, the Isere and the Durance, from the lofty Alps of Dauphine. The valley widens out to the rich plain of Languedoc, famous for wine, and the hill land of Provence, famous for olive oil. The Rhone forms a great delta, with shifting mouths, and the port of the valley, Marseilles, is to the east of the delta. It is a magnificent city, one of the greatest ports of the Mediterranean, and the centre of many industries. Cette, on the Gulf of Lions, exports the wines of Languedoc. Toulon, east of Marseilles, is a naval station. The coast beyond, called the Riviera, is famous for its beauty, and mild winter climate. Nice is the most famous of its many health resorts. Monaco is a small...
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  • Paperback | 74 pages
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123682556X
  • 9781236825568