By Great Britain. India Office, William Wilson Hunter, James Sutherland Cotton, Richard Burn, William Stevenson Meyer

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At one point, opposite to Jacobabad in Sind, a deep indentation, or bay, in the hills disturbs the symmetry of these parallel flexures, and drives them into curves, pushing back the line of ridges as with a wedge, piling them into huge massifs at the This is the Gandava basin (Kachhi Gandava), which apex. opens the way to Quetta. Quetta thus lies in an open plain, 5,500 feet above the sea, surrounded by gigantic peaks (Takatu, Chiltan, and Murdar), the highest that are to be found south of the Himalayas.

We can only note en passant that such history is very unlikely to repeat itself. From the point which is geographically the western termination of the Hindu Kush system (a little PHYSICAL ASPECTS i] 13 and offshoots descend, and south-west from their base through Central Afghanistan, and forming that series of inconceivably wild and inhospitable uplands which are the home of the Hazara and kindred tribes of the Chahar Aimak. It was within these hills that the ancient capital of Ghor once stood, and it is to the south-west of Kabul) long spurs radiating slightly west base of these long-extended offshoots that some of the at the land richest now Afghanistan in exists.

Than Afghanistan gently slopes never but south-west, falls below the 1,500 feet line of altitude above sea-level, which is about the elevation of the ultimate bourne of the Helmand In the north-east the level in the Gaod-i-Zirreh swamp. of the valleys of the feet ; about 4,000 or 5,000 is feet, and the Hindu Kush mountains tower above them crests to 20,000 but there are no great altitudes in the south-west, and the western borders of the country maintain a general average 3,000 feet from Herat to Kandahar.

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