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Mountain Panoramas from the Pamirs and Kuen Lun

    Naturevolume 79page97 (1908) | Download Citation



    WHEN Dr. Stein visited Central Asia in 1900–1, to explore the ruined cities of Chinese Turkestan, he included in his equipment a phototheodolite, with which a number of panoramas were taken. These not only served as a basis for the production of a map, but gave an excellent idea of the character of the country passed through. The Royal Geographical Society has now published a selection from them which will prove of interest to both geographers and geologists. A feature common to a large number of the photographs is the manner in which they illustrate the progressive desiccation of the region lying north of the Himalayas; the sharp crested ridges, separating deeply-cut valleys, produced by the action of rain and rivers, are seen to be gradually merging into rounded contours under a growing mantle of wind-borne loess. We may also direct attention to the remarkably perfect specimens of embankment moraines in the Ab-i-Panja valley, where glaciers, now vanished, have advanced into the main valley over embankments of the débris which they have carried along with them.

    Mountain Panoramas from the Pamirs and Kuen Lun.

    Photographed and annotated by Dr. M. Aurel Stein. Pp. 36. (London: Royal Geographical Society, 1908.)

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