The Earth and Its Inhabitants ...: North-west Africa

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D. Appleton, 1893 - Geography
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Page 460 - ... and imitated by architects in the columns of the Ionic and Corinthian orders) to a height of from ninety to ninety-five feet. It measures at its summit not more than about eight feet in width. The interior is lighted by seven openings on each side. Like most of the houses in A'gades, it is built entirely of clay ; and in order to strengthen a building so lofty and of so soft a material, its four walls are united by thirteen layers of boards of the...
Page 109 - ... dries up, except in the deepest parts, but even there the water is hidden by the salt crust which covers the entire surface. In walking on this crust one's footsteps echo as on the stones of an archway. Nine or more caravan routes across the lake, some free from danger, but others only to be followed with the utmost caution, owing to the fissures in which the wayfarer may suddenly disappear. The upward pressure of the water from hidden springs forces up the salt crust in cones, which appear as...
Page 423 - But there can be no doubt that the full-blood Tibus, as represented by the northern section, are true Hamites, and although the type of the men is somewhat coarser than that of their Tuareg neighbours, that of the women is almost the finest in Africa. " Their women are charming while still in the bloom of youth, unrivalled amongst their sisters of North Africa for their physical beauty, pliant and graceful figures*.
Page 428 - For in the Soudan salt can only be obtained by the combustion of certain plants. As no region off the Sahara produces as much excellent salt as Bilma, buyers come from far and wide and the women often welcome strangers by throwing over them handsful of salt. Seventy thousand camels come every year for their load of salt at Bilma and some of the salt caravans comprise each as many Itf Von Buschman, Das Salz, vol.
Page 200 - Setif which are now traversed by the railway running from Constantine west to the Sahel basin. Above the left bank of the Sahel rises the Jebel Jurjura, one of the best-defined ranges in Algeria, with an extreme altitude of about 7650 feet. " Seen from the north, it presents an imposing appearance, being here skirted throughout its whole length by a deep wooded and cultivated valley, which forms a pleasant foreground to its rugged and snowy peaks. In this direction the snows are more abundant than...
Page 284 - ... rose to great power during the fifteenth century, when it was said to contain twenty-five thousand families. At that flourishing epoch it rivalled the great European cities as a centre of trade, the industries, wealth, the arts and sciences ; like Cordova, Seville, and Grenada, it furnished a fresh proof of the high degree of culture to which the Berber race is capable of attaining. The minarets and cupolas of its mosques, its carvings and mural arabesques perpetuate the renown of the Zenata...
Page 407 - ... contrary, the opinion of the former seems now generally adopted, and agrees best with the Pentateuchal history. It may be worth consideration whether the Egyptians were not a mixed race composed of Cushites, and of that Berber nation which can be traced along the whole of Africa to the north of Soudan, from the banks of the Nile to the shores of the Atlantic : 5. As to Nimrod himself (instead of supposing him to have been in any way connected with Egypt), it seems more reasonable to infer, that...
Page 459 - Thia is probably the most southern place in Central Africa where the plough is used ; for all over Sudan the hoe or fertana is the only instrument used for preparing the ground.

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