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(1931) [MARC] Author: Fridtjof Nansen Translator: Gerald C. Wheeler - Tema: Russia
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OVER THE CAUCASUS
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behind peak—the Red Mountain and then the
Seven Brothers, which are made up of reddish
volcanic rocks. There were snow and glaciers every
where, and in between were deep clefts and ravines
with perpendicular sides, and white foaming
streams at the bottom. At last wc came to the edge
of the abyss ; and now to our left wc could look
right down into Gud-khevi, the Devils’ Gorge,
through which the Aragva plunges as it comes out
from the mountains—a dizzy narrow abyss, deep
down between almost perpendicular walls in the
lofty mountains. It was all like some mighty giant
aroused and turned to stone in his fury.
Soon wc reached Guda-ur, at 2, 1 60 metres above
the sea, the highest post-station on the whole road.
Here and there is a meteorological station also.
The road rose along the east side of the Aragva
gorge, skirting the dizzy precipices. The scenery
grew wilder and wilder. In many places the road
was covered by a roof on pillars against snow and
stone avalanches. Wc often drove by children, who
were probably looking after the cattle that were
browsing along the grass-clad mountain-side. They
danced about in front of the car on the very edge
of the precipice, and threw small bunches of
flowers into it as a greeting or welcome to us, after
the custom of the land, but they did not beg.
Then wc came to the highest part of the Krestovi
pass (that is, the Cross pass), about 2,380 metres
above the sea; it is marked by a stone pillar, and
opposite it on the right side of the road there
stands an old cross, from which the pass is probably

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