A Dissertation on the Course and Probable Termination of the Niger

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J. Murray, 1829 - Africa - 195 pages
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Page 136 - I hope it will not be called a presumptuous one;— nor could I deny to myself an indulgence in the dream, if dream it be,— which presented to me the great Nile of Central Africa rolling forwards majestically to the shores of the Mediterranean, through countries then swarming with people, and animated by intelligence ; and through vallies either bespangled by cities, or enamelled by the varied productions of a luxuriant soil, fertilized by the waters of a noble stream whose very existence has been...
Page 72 - Desert, backed by other deserts whose names and numbers we do not even know, but which we have endeavoured to class under the ill-defined denomination of Sahara, — advancing, I repeat, to the annihilation of Egypt and all her glories with the silence, but with the certainty too, of all-devouring time ! There is something quite appalling in the bare contemplation of this inexorable onward march of wholesale death to kingdoms, to mighty rivers, and to nations; the more so, when we reflect that the...
Page 67 - and thus,' he adds, ' has been rubbed out from the face of the earth a river which had once its cities, its sages, its warriors, its works of art, and its inundations like like the classic Nile ; but which so existed in days of which we have scarcely a record/ (p.
Page 72 - In the same way shall perish the Nile of Egypt and its valley — its pyramids, its temples, and its cities ! The Delta shall become a plashy quicksand — a second Syrtis ! and the Nile shall cease to exist from the Lower Cataract downwards...
Page 72 - There is something quite appalling in the bare contemplation of this inexorable onward march of wholesale death to kingdoms, to mighty rivers, and to nations; the more so, when we reflect that the destruction must, from its nature, be not only complete, but eternal, on the spot on which it falls !' But from these sublime and awful contemplations, let us return to Boussa, and examine the actual steps by which Sir Rufane conducts the Niger through so strange and devious a course. First, as has been...
Page 177 - ... appearance at Kattagum, four days WSW of the capital of Bornou, where it runs into a lake, called the Tsaad. Beyond this lake, a large river runs through Baghermee, and is called the Gambarro and Kamadakoo ; the word Nil being also used for the same stream. — Thus far are we able to trace the Nil, and all other accounts are merely conjectural. All agree, however, that by one route or other, these waters join the great Nile of Egypt, to the southward of Dongola.
Page 63 - ... of Bilmah, could reach the sea : and, thirdly, the very phenomenon which I have contended would occur if the river were any where dammed up in its passage, actually does occur in the very line between the Lake Domboo and the Syrtis, if any reliance can be...
Page 177 - Lake, into which many y streams discharge themselves after the summer rains. It is then, for some months, of such extent, that the opposite shores cannot be seen, and the people catch many fish, and go about on it in boats. In the early part of the spring, when the great heats come on, it soon changes its appearance, and dries up, with the exception of a small rill. This streamlet, which runs through the centre of its bed, is called by the same name, and comes from the westward, taking an easterly...
Page 62 - Solinus, is called in, who administers a ' vadosum ac reciprocum mare,' and describes the earth as being there — ' perflabilem ibi terram, ventis penetrantibus subitam vim spiritus citissimi aut revomere maria, aut resorbere.' 'This,' says the General, ' is just the effect I should suppose would be produced by a river emerging from sands meeting with the sea on a level with itself; indeed the description is complete, and the words " perflabilem," and " revomere maria aut resorbere,
Page 64 - But reasoning from analogy, and still more from what we know of the nature of the country of which I am now more immediately speaking, I have no doubt but that, in very remote ages, the united Niger and Geir, that is the Nile of Bornou, did roll into the sea, in all the magnificence of a mighty stream, forming a grand iestuary or harbour where now the quicksand is...

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