The zoology and geology, by W.T. Blanford (Google eBook)

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Page 517 - TELEGRAPH AND TRAVEL. A Narrative of the Formation and Development of Telegraphic Communication between England and India, under the orders of Her Majesty's government, with incidental Notices of the Countries traversed by the Lines. By Colonel Sir FREDERIC GOLDSMID, CB, KCSI, late Director of the Government Indo-European Telegraph.
Page 128 - ... length ; the tail contains sixteen feathers ; the outer pair are edged with white along the outer web, and, with the next six, on each side, are dull black ; the centre, or eighth pair, are grey, mottled with dull black, white at the tips, where they are also slightly worn ; the upper covers reach within a quarter of an inch of the end of the tail. On the cheeks, throat, neck, and breast, the yellow and pale markings predominate to a greater extent, and on the latter assume more the form of bars...
Page 38 - ... not quite sixty ;" the longer period of life in the former than the latter, the wolf living twenty years, the dog not fifteen ; all sufficiently point out a distinction, and draw a line that must for ever keep them asunder. The wolf, from the tip of the nose to the insertion of the tail, is about three feet seven inches long, and about two feet five inches high ; which...
Page 486 - Rayin, there is much calcareous tuffa in horizontal beds, apparently deposited by springs, some of which are seen a short distance up the side of the mountain, forming calcareous deposits. Large blocks of massive carbonate of lime of a slightly greenish tint, and apparently formed in stalagmitic masses, are found in the neighborhood, and are used for ornamental purposes. A similar stone is said to be brought from Yezd and other places, and it is generally known in Persia as Yezd marble. It closely...
Page 470 - My brother, Mr. HF Blanford, has suggested to me that the greater humidity of Persia and the neighbouring countries in former times may have partly accounted for the former great extension of glaciers in the North-West Himalayas. If the west wind so prevalent in North-Western India were moist, instead of being hot and dry, as it now is, there would be certainly a great increase in the deposition of snow on the Western Himalayan ranges.
Page 111 - ... objects obtained from the Hopewell Mounds of Ohio, and now in the Anthropological collections of this Museum, are a number made of iron. These include a part of a head and ear ornament, some celts, a number of beads, and lastly a small unwrought mass weighing about 130 grams (5 ounces). Dr. GA Dorsey, to whom I am indebted for calling my attention to them, informs me that they were all found associated with a single human skeleton near an altar of one of the mounds. They were considerably oxidized,...
Page 30 - Lions, which are very numerous in the reedy swamps bordering the Tigris and Euphrates, are found also in the plains of Susiana, the modern Khuzistan, and extend into the mountain country south of Shiraz.
Page 33 - I got a little acorn bread and dates. No bribe would induce the man to come out with me that night with torches to find the horse; but I found him the next morning at daybreak, after a night made sleepless by the most vigorous fleas I have ever met. The poor brute was grazing quietly in the plain, and allowed himself to be caught without difficulty. Although his quarters and flanks were scored in every direction with claw marks, only one wound had penetrated the flesh, and this to a depth of two...
Page 297 - The common stork is found all over the plateaux of Persia, building its nests on minarets, and oftener on the low towers which flank the mud walls of Persian villages. It is not molested by Persians, who say that it makes a pilgrimage to Mecca during its annual winter absence, whence its name of Hdjji.
Page 86 - ... when approached in the open; but if the sportsman can manage to conceal himself and his horse in the vicinity of a spring, and wait until the wild asses have quenched their thirst, they can readily be come up with when full of water, by a short spurt on a fast horse. At other times they are caught in relays of horsemen and greyhounds. The flesh is said in books on Persia to be prized above all other venison; but Persians have told me that it should only be eaten under absolute necessity, being...