Image from page 235 of “Travels in the Atlas and southern Morocco. A narrative of exploration” (1889)
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Title: Travels in the Atlas and southern Morocco. A narrative of exploration
Year: 1889 (1880s)
Authors: Thomson, Joseph, 1858-1895
Subjects: Morocco — Description and travel Atlas Mountains
Publisher: New York : Longmans, Green, and co.
Contributing Library: University of California Libraries
Digitizing Sponsor: MSN
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the top of thecliff, but in reality to explore beyond. Following a picturesque pathway which led roundthe edge of the precipice, we speedily reached theSheiks house. Here we refreshed ourselves withsome milk, and took a hasty glance down thesmiling hollow, and over the broken lower ranges tothe plains of Srarna and the broken range ofRahamna. We now bribed our guide to take us up theupper glen of the Tasimset stream. Leaving this,after a time we pushed our way up an uninhabitedand streamless valley, clothed with evergreen oak andadorned with buttercups and other flowers of familiaraspect. At length we were rewarded for our hard workby reaching the top of one of the mountain rangesat an elevation of over 6000 feet, and finding beforeus the finest view of the Atlas which we had yetobtained. We stood on the edge of a great limestone escarp-ment facing south, and forming a sheer precipiceseveral hundred feet deep, from the bottom of whichsloped away an exceedingly steep talus of debris to
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? iie%« T A SIM SET. 189 tlie bed of llio ANad Tossaout, two or tliree thousandfeet below. A short distance to the west of us lies the little vil-lage of Tafrint, its green terraces, small olive groves, andyellow patches of corn only serving to accentuate theoppressive air of desolation which broods over thescene. The river Tessaout, gathering tributary streamsfrom east and west, cuts its way by a deep gorgethrough the numerous escarped minor ranges whichrun parallel with the central axis, and southwardrise in ever-increasing magnitude till they sweep sky-ward in one grand culminatiug crest. The aspectof the limestone escarpments which crown the lowerranges, the bright colours of the red and purple shalesand sandstones which occupy the hollows, the deepgorge and radiating streams of the Tessaout, and thesnowy table-topped masses which dominate all, makeup a scene of the utmost impressiveness. That evening we spent pleasantly round the lantern,which did duty for the camp-fire, and h
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