- Project Runeberg -  Through the Caucasus to the Volga /

(1931) [MARC] Author: Fridtjof Nansen Translator: Gerald C. Wheeler - Tema: Russia
Table of Contents / Innehåll | << Previous | Next >>
  Project Runeberg | Like | Catalog | Recent Changes | Donate | Comments? |   

Full resolution (JPEG) - On this page / på denna sida - II. Through the Caucasus

scanned image

<< prev. page << föreg. sida <<     >> nästa sida >> next page >>

Below is the raw OCR text from the above scanned image. Do you see an error? Proofread the page now!
Här nedan syns maskintolkade texten från faksimilbilden ovan. Ser du något fel? Korrekturläs sidan nu!

This page has never been proofread. / Denna sida har aldrig korrekturlästs.

maples, walnuts, sweet-chestnuts, lindens, poplars,
and other leafy trees; and among the trees are
twined wild vines, smilax, clematis, and other
creepers. Higher up wc find the evergreen-oak,
horse-chestnut, linden, maple, beech, eim, ash, and
aspen, and along the streams the alder; higher up
again the birch and the fir begin, until the former
gets the upper hand. The tree-line is reached
at about 2,200 metres, and above that the pastures
go up again towards 3,000 metres.
The animal life is quite a rich one. There are
bears, wolves, jackals (which break the peace of
night with their howling), hyenas, lynxes, wild-cats,
leopards, and also an occasional tiger. Among the
game there are many wild pigs and deer in the
forests, and in the mountains chamois, ibex, and
wild goats. Up in the forests, in the high westerly
part ofthe range, there are also herds ofthe European
bison, one of the few places where there are still
found some last remains of this wild ox, which
together with the kindred aurochs was once spread
over the whole of Europe. Among the game-birds
may be especially mentioned the pheasant, of
which there are many, and whose original home is
here near the river Rion, the Phasis of the Greeks,
whence the nåme.
The domestic animals are cows, sheep, goats,
horses, asses, buffaloes. Agriculture is primitive,
wooden ploughs are still mostly used, drawn by
buffaloes or oxen ; but even this is only in the low
fertile stretches with a plentiful soil; on the small
patches of soil on ledges up on the mountain-side

<< prev. page << föreg. sida <<     >> nästa sida >> next page >>

Project Runeberg, Sat Dec 21 10:54:12 2019 (aronsson) (download) << Previous Next >>

Valid HTML 4.0! All our files are DRM-free