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The Euphrates Expedition of 1835 was intended to explore the possibility of an overland route to India using the Euphrates river. Led by army officer Francis Rawdon Chesney, the expedition hauled two prefabricated steamboats from the Mediterranean to the upper Euphrates. Among the team of soldiers, engineers and miners assembled was surgeon William Ainsworth (1807–96), who also acted as the expedition's geologist, and published this account in 1838. He describes his work as 'containing a very small portion of the scientific labours' of the expedition. It deals principally with the geological formations around the Euphrates, and the 'indices of the Deluge of Scripture, which are found to exist in the land supposed to have been tenanted by Noah', but also includes descriptions of local plants and animals, and of the archaeological remains which were encountered. This early survey of a remote region will be of interest to students of Assyriology.
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- Date Published: May 2019
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9781108080972
- dimensions: 216 x 140 mm
- contains: 7 b/w illus. 1 colour illus. 1 map
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. The general physical features of Taurus, and of the plains of Mesopotamia and Syria
2. Rock formations of the river Euphrates
3. Researches on the latest deposits
4. Description and progress of the alluvial districts of Babylonia
5. Rivers of Susiana
6. Researches on the geology of the head of the Persian gulf
7. The Persian Apennines
8. Geology of southern Kurdistan
9. Rock formations of the territory of Musul
10. Rock formations of Taurus
11. Territories of Ain-Tah, Kilis and Antioch
12. Casiotis, and territories of Ladikiyeh and upper Orontes
13. Jawur Dagh, and Akma Dagh
14. Cilician Taurus
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