Physical Geography. from the Encycl. Britannica

Physical Geography. from the Encycl. Britannica

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1862 edition. Excerpt: ... glaciers, and deposited by their melting when floated off to sea, and which occupy the whole eastern slope of the continent, from its extremity to the Rio Colorado. In these regions the vegetation is stunted, the winds fierce and tempestuous, and the population almost nil. (238.) This desolate region is succeeded by one hardly less so, though different in its style of desolation. In the pampas of Brazil and Buenos Ayres, vast tracts are destitute of trees, and almost of water, but lying in a warmer latitude, and having, therefore, been exempt from the action of those causes alluded to in the last article, which have covered the alluvium with stony fragments, hardly a stone or a peeble is to be found in them for hundreds of miles. In this region, which extends southward from the estuary of the La Plata to Patagonia, and westward to the feet of the Andes, the alternation of the wet and dry season, acting on a soil composed entirely of red argillaceous alluvium, with here and there calcareous concretions, effect no other variety than the growth and decay of gigantic thistles for some distance from the coast, replaced further inland by the long-tufted pampas grass, ranged over by innumerable herds of wild or semi-wild horses and cattle, whose skins are exported, and whose fat and dried flesh serves for fuel; and where, in the dry season, the pamperos (transient wind-storms from the interior) raise clouds of dust, involving the whole horizon in darkness so impenetrable, that even the lightning which accompanies them is only heard not seen. Eoads there are none, nor any need of them. Lassoing a wild horse, mounting and riding him till he falls from fatigue, and is exchanged for another, the traveller, with his Gaucho guide, speeds on, day after day, ..
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