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Karakoram and western Himalaya 1909, an account of the expedition of H. R. H. Prince Luigi Amadeo of Savoy, duke of the Abruzzi (1912) (14598166259)

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Karakoram and western Himalaya 1909, an account of the expedition of H. R. H. Prince Luigi Amadeo of Savoy, duke of the Abruzzi (1912) (14598166259)

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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
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Publisher: New York : Dutton
Contributing Library: University of California Libraries
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midday we made our stage at a place called Kaugan.Here we found the equipment already deposited in a level field surroundedby large walnut trees, where our tents were not long in setting up. Wewere still on the Kashmir side of the water-shed, so, as usual in theafternoon, a storm blew up, and it rained until nightfall. After Kangan the path began to climb more rapidly, and the sceneryassumed a more Alpine aspect. The ground on the left side of the valleywas covered with snow, which sliowed between the firs and pines, and, The Sind Vallev 51 as our way ascended, reached down nearer and nearer to the bottom ofthe valley. There were no more chenars, but their place was takenby splendid walnut trees, with parasitic orchids growing on the branches.The commonest tree is the willow. All this part of the valley shows clear traces of glacial action.^ Thewhole of the Sind valley was at one time filled by a glacier more than30 miles long, about the size of the present great glaciers of the Kara-
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THE CAMP AT CJrSD. koram. To-day there are only a number of small shrunken glaciei^sin the upper reaches of the tiibutary valleys. Oestreich has countedthirty-three of them. Our next stage brought us to Gund, a village standing rather highon the right bank of the Sind river, 13 miles from Kangan. Here weleft our ponies behind, as a little farther up the valley was still full ofsnow, and everything would have to be carried by coolies. These See R. D. Oldham, Note on the Glacintion and History of the Sind Valley, Kashmir. Rec.Geol. Surv. of India, 31, 1904, p. 142. (0221) I) 2 52 (Mia))tcr IV. coolies had gathered at Gmul from all the villages in the valley—infact, during the moDiings march we had passed numbers of them ontheir way up. There were over 250 of them, squatting or lying ingroups on the ground or wandering around the camp, which they greatlyenlivened by their presence. They were all Kashmiris, with bronzedfaces and European features, now and then markedly Semitic in type.T

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