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The Shores of Lake Aral.

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FROM the earliest times down to the present day A there has always been a certain amount of mystery and uncertainty hanging around the Aralo-Caspian region. Major Wood in the work before us shows that the physical history of this ever-changing region is largely sufficient to account for this mysterious halo. Major Wood had an unusual opportunity for exploring Lake Aral and the regions around it in 1874, having been allowed to accompany an expedition sent out under the auspices of the Russian Geographical Society to examine the Amúdarya. The results of this visit, as contained in the masterly work under notice, show that he took excellent advantage of so favourable an opportunity. Some of the most important of these results as regards the past and present physical condition of the Aralo-Caspian region were described by Major Wood in three papers which appeared in NATURE, vol. xi. p. 229, and vol. xii, pp. 51 and 313. To these papers we would refer those who want to get a succinct idea of some of the important conclusions which Major Wood has reached; but all who take an interest in physical geography generally, and this region in particular, we would advise to procure the work under notice.

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