Notes on the Kuril Islands

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J. Murray, 1897 - 91 pagine
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Pagina 19 - Poles were laid across the top, forming a flat roof, and more poles laid at an angle from the edge of the roof so as to give the sides a sharp slope. The whole was covered with reeds or grass, on which was placed earth and turf. The entrance was closed by a roughly made wooden door, which opened into a small lobby and low narrow passage, with another door opening into the main compartment. Around the sides of this, bunk-like recesses were constructed under the lean-to side walls.
Pagina 19 - Journal, 1885. structed by hollowing out a shallow pit, usually in sandy soil, planting posts around it, and, if they could be got, making an inside lining of boards. Poles were laid across the top, forming a flat roof, and more poles laid at an angle from the edge of the roof so as to give the sides a sharp slope. The whole was covered with reeds or grass, on which was placed earth and turf. The entrance was closed by a roughly made wooden door, which opened into a small lobby and low narrow passage,...
Pagina 49 - February ice-fields begin to make their appearance off the north-west coasts of the Southern Kurils. This ice is formed in the northern and north-western parts of the Sea of Okhotsk, and as it gets broken up is carried by currents and winds across that sea to the islands, where it often blocks the coasts and straits for hundreds of miles. The wind has much more to do with the direction these...
Pagina 49 - The surface of these fields of ice is very uneven and hummocky, thus giving the wind considerable hold, the piled-up masses acting as sails. The thickness of this ice usually varies from about 12 to 30 feet, the snow upon it adding considerably to its bulk. These...
Pagina 50 - Eturup, in the hopes of finding a passage, but in vain. Night coming on, it was not possible to verify the fact of its being shoal, but the sea broke perpendicularly 20 to 25 feet high, and unlike any tide-ripple.
Pagina 19 - The dwellings of these people were constructed by hollowing out a shallow pit, usually in sandy soil, planting posts around it, and, if they could be got, making an inside lining of boards. Poles were laid across the top, forming a flat roof, and more poles laid at an angle from the edge of the roof so as to give the sides a sharp slope. The whole was covered with reeds or grass, on which...
Pagina 47 - ... or 100 feet or more above the surface of the sea, leaving it perfectly clear below. At other times the fogs are dense and full of moisture, amounting almost to a drizzling rain.
Pagina 64 - Inaccessible cliffs, some of which are over 1000 feet high, extend all round the island. Here and there beneath the cliffs are narrow margins of bouldery or pebbly beach. On the north-west side there are some rocky...
Pagina 46 - ... The high mountains cause the winds to be very baffling in the various straits, particularly the smaller ones. The barometer is of great service in these latitudes, and never fails to give warning of an approaching storm. During summer...

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