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(1914) [MARC] Author: Fridtjof Nansen Translator: Arthur G. Chater - Tema: Russia
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CHAPTER XVIII
FROM THE BURÉYA TO TRANSBAIKALIA
The Buréya-Séya Plain : On the Buréya : Abrupt variations
in the water-level : Naming a station : Fertile soil but
unpractical working : Curious effect of frost : On the Séya : A
new town, Alexéyevsk : Hill country from the Séya to Trans
baikalia : Gradual ascent : The forest : No sign of an Ice Age :
Wc run over a man : Gondatti Station : Men’s changing
destinies : A dreary country : Storms and forest fires : Taldan :
A spring and frozen soil : Origin of layers of ice in the soil ;
Prisons in the forest : A dismal country, but gold everywhere :
The Nuksha : Agriculture and cattle : Storms and forest
fires : A wrecked tram : Across the border to Transbaikalia :
The Amasår : Convict labour and prisons : The highest point
of the Amur Railway : Rich gold-mines : Chinese allowed
here : The Black and the White Uryum
THE BURÉYA-SÉYA PLAIN
FTIHERE were still undulating hills for some distance,
-* but thev became lower and lower. And then all
at once wc found ourselves on the last ridge, and the
plain of the Amiir lay before us, perfectly flat and
immense, stretching as far as wc could see, to the sky
line on the north-west, and on the west to the blue hills
far, far away on the other side of the Amiir, in China.
It is the great Buréya-Séya Plain that wc are here
entering upon, and the railway now crosses it for about
150 miles north-westward to beyond the river Séya.
As wc drove on hour after hour, wc saw cultivated
fields with wheat in many places ; there is good corn
land here. Then a great rock, or round knoll, rose in
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