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An Historical, Political and Statistical Account of Ceylon, Vol. 2: And Its Dependencies (Classic Reprint)

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ISBN: 9781334261756
Publisher: Forgotten Books
Publication Date: 2016-11-13
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Excerpt from An Historical, Political and Statistical Account of Ceylon, Vol. 2: And Its Dependencies
In few countries do mountains exhibit greater variety of forms and directions. They most frequently occur connected in chains, and terminating in rounded or peaked summits. Their sides are always steep, and occasionally precipitous and rocky. Solitary insulated mountains are of rare occurrence. In some districts the mountain chains run in a parallel direction, in others even adjoining mountains do not correspond with any regularity in their direction. Thus in Doombera, the mountain ridges generally run n.n.e. And s.s.w. In Ouva, on the contrary, they run in various directions. One remarkable circumstance in reference to Ceylon, is, that no correspon dence can be traced between the proportional heights of the mountains and the depths of the adjoining valleys. Thus there is not a single lake nor even stagnant pool among the mountains, and it is scarcely credible that they ever existed, as they could not well be filled up by the detritus of rocks, little liable to decay and disintegration.
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