Shorawak Valley and the Toba Plateau, Afghanistan.: CAMPBELL, Mj. W.M. Shorawak Valley and the Toba Plateau, Afghanistan.: CAMPBELL, Mj. W.M. Shorawak Valley and the Toba Plateau, Afghanistan.: CAMPBELL, Mj. W.M.

Shorawak Valley and the Toba Plateau, Afghanistan.

CAMPBELL, Mj. W.M.

Published by Royal Geographical Society, London, 1880
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6 pages of the account. Plus a fold-out colour map, measuring approximately 13 x 14 inches (33 x 36cm). Original condition with blue wrappers, titles to front, and containing all the ads. This is a complete issue, seldom found in such good and original condition. An interesting travel account of Campbell's visit to the remote district of Shoarawak Valley, previously unknown to the Europeans, situated in the southeastern part of Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. Inhabited by mixture of Barechi Pathans and Brahuis, who possessed large flocks of camels, goats and sheep, the valley is almost destitute of trees. On May 1879, Major Campbell and his party, also visited the Toba table for the purpose of surveying the plateau located at the north eastern extremity of the Khwaja Amran range of mountains. This table land is divided into two portions called Toba and Tabin, according to the Campbell, the western part of Toba and Tabin belonged to the Atchazai Pathans and the eastern portion of Toba was the property of the Kakar tribes. However, frequent quarrels between these tribes over the territory have always caused the death of several men each year. Also included is a beautiful fold-out color map of "The Country Between Sind and Candahar", by W. J. Turner, showing the constructed and proposed railway. Shorawak valley is a narrow strip of flat country lying between the desert on the west and north west and a range generally known as the Sarlat Hills to the east. Its total length is about 40 miles with a width of 10 miles at the northern end and it is 3,250 feet above the sea. The head of the valley to the north is closed in by the southern spurs of the Khwaja Amran range of mountains which nearly join tie north-western spurs of the Sarlat Hills, only leaving a gap of about a mile through which the Lora river runs into the valley. The desert which stretches away westward as far as the Persian frontier rolls up in the form of sand hills to the edge of the cultivated land of the valley. The Lora river which waters the valley runs nearly dry in summer and its water is always brackish. The name of the valley drives from the Persian words, Shor brackish and Abak, meaning the scarcity of water. Major Campbell suggested that Shorawak was once a lake which was gradually silted up by deposits from the Lora and this seems to account for most of the phenomena. The river after flowing through the valley is swallowed up in the sand of the desert. Bookseller Inventory # 024397

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Title: Shorawak Valley and the Toba Plateau, ...

Publisher: Royal Geographical Society, London

Publication Date: 1880

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