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Excerpt from Rhesa: A Romance of Babylon That part of modern Arabia now known as the Syrian desert is at the present day and has been through all ages a desolate, dreary, sandy waste, dreaded alike by the Arab and his faithful camel. The traveler who for the first time finds himself in the midst of this desolation, experiences much the same sensation as the landsman who, rising early upon his first day out from port, takes a promenade on deck. As the stranger on the ocean sees naught but water and sky with possibly a distant sail to break the monotony of the scene, so the traveler in the desert may look toward all the points of the compass and see naught but sand - sand everywhere. Could one stand upon a mountain top and look down upon this waste, he would imagine it to be a perfectly flat plain, but upon descending he would find that, like the prairies of our own land, it lay in ascending ridges resembling the long roll of the ocean upon a calm day. Occasional sand hills serve to break the monotony of the otherwise oppressive scene, but even they cannot be geographically located, since each storm sweeps them from place to place. Toward the north broken ranges of rocky hills mark the gradual evolution of the desert into a mountainous country, which continues to rise until reaching its greatest height in the Armenian mountains and the Caucasian range. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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