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Curious formation on the Spiti River at Kioto, 1866

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y3022C/24

Scope and Contents

321 x 192 mm. View looking along the Spiti River which Bourne crossed a few miles after the Kunzam Pass. Bourne himself gives a good description of this picture, ‘Shortly after leaving Losar we crossed the Spiti river by means of a bridge made of twisted twigs or thin sticks; then a short march, presenting nothing picturesque, brought us to our next encampment at a small village called Kiota. The river here flowed over a broad gravelly bed in many little separate channels, and its banks, the height of which was some ninety or hundred feet, presented a strange appearance. The action of the rains had washed away the soft alluvial deposit, which apparently had once formed the bed of a lake, into innumerable pointed pillars, standing sometimes singly, sometimes in groups, some of them having large stones balanced on their narrow points, looking as though they would topple over at any moment. An illustration of these singular formations will be found in Sir C. Lyell's work on geology', (B.J.P., 31 December l869, p. 629). Bourne no. 1457.


  • 1866

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Bourne, Samuel, 1834-1912, photographer

Finding aid date

2010-12-10 14:16:21+00:00

Includes index.


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