The Duab of Turkestan: A Physiographic Sketch and Account of Some Travels

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-04-15
  • Publisher: Martino Pub
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The book deals with that portion of Russian Turkestan lying between the Oxus and the Jaxartes rivers and including the two cities of Bokhara and Samarkand and a portion of the Pamirs. The author calls it a physiographic sketch and an account of some travels. There are 207 maps, diagrams and photographs. The half-tones are excellent, some of them are remarkable. Only in the perfectly clear atmosphere of the arid lands could such photographs be secured. The sketch maps and diagrams are very effective, unusually so. The author is modest and his narrative is not lumbered up with inane details such as travelers too often impose upon readers of their books.The author's delicate touches of humor, his picturesque language in description, his knowledge of. physiography and climatology, and his familiarity with the literature of his subject, all contribute materially to the excellence of the book. The descriptions of the people-nomads, city dwellers of Bokhara and Samarkand, native officials, and mountain tribes-are interesting reading and bespeak the keen observer and experienced traveler. Much attention is given to physiographic processes and features, but the splendid half tones tell the story better than words. The record of the peculiar action of the weathering agents and of the glaciers is a distinct contribution to physiographic science.In the appendix, the author enters into a discussion of a number of unsettled questions, such as, the number of glacial epochs represented by the morainic deposits in the Pamirs, the value of the evidences of supposed climatic changes in Turkestan in historic times, and the relation of forests to rainfall, but reaches no very definite conclusions. Large Octavo. Hardcover. xv, [1], 563, [1] p. front., illus., fold. plans, fold. maps, diagrams. Cambridge, The University press, 1913 $125

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