Image from page 129 of “Karakoram and western Himalaya 1909, an account of the expedition of H. R. H. Prince Luigi Amadeo of Savoy, duke of the Abruzzi” (1912)
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Title: Karakoram and western Himalaya 1909, an account of the expedition of H. R. H. Prince Luigi Amadeo of Savoy, duke of the Abruzzi
Year: 1912 (1910s)
Authors: De Filippi, Filippo, 1869-1938 Savoia, Luigi Amedeo di, duca degli Abruzzi, 1873-1933
Publisher: New York : Dutton
Contributing Library: University of California Libraries
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f strong external influence in the past, despite a geo-graphical position so secluded, in a country so wild and inhospitablethat whole groups of villages are cut off from all communion with therest of the world during ten months of the year. The Balti race deservea high degree of esteem and goodwill. They are scrupidously honest,mild of manners, gentle and good-tempered, naturally amenable todiscipline, capable of the hardest labour, incredibly temperate, happywith very Uttle and invariably good-humoured. CHAPTER VII. THE INDUS VALLEY. Character. — (liological Chaos. — Stone-falls, Landslips. Dei)Osits and Erosions. — AlluvialCones. — Signs of Climatic Change. — The Tenipoiary Damming of the Valleys. — GreatHistorical Floods. — Oases. — Irrigation Canal.s. — The Skardii Route. — The Formationot the Caravan.—The Order of thr Marches. — Saddle-ponies. — Coolies. — The Escort. —Climate. — The Cam)). — Kashmiri Servants. —Camp Work. ConU and Kunsniiiah.
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IHE striking peculiarities of theDras valley had made a stioiigim])iession upon us. But not untilwe reached the Indus valley did werealize to the full the nature of thisland of desolation and sterility. Thegigantic scale of all the features does not grow upon one until after daysand days of sojourn in this strange scenery, because the perfect propor-tions of the valleys and their enclosing hilLs keep the traveller under anillusion as to their actual dimensions. V\)v Indus \;illey. 03 111 the Alps one has the impression that everything has been mouldedill a remote past, and reached once and for all a settled state. Theancient gashes and scars are cloaked with a mantle of verdure whichhides the great wounds and mutilations left by prehistoric landshdes.The rocks have been polished by the hand of time ; they are overgrownwith moss and hchens ; no ledge, no crevice, is without its plant life.A rock-fall here, a landslip there, seems to matter as little as grains ofsand that slide down the
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