Sturt's third and final expedition as reported in 'The Edinburgh Evening Courant'. Monday, June 29, 1846. CHARLES STURT.

Sturt's third and final expedition as reported in 'The Edinburgh Evening Courant'...
Sturt's third and final expedition as reported in 'The Edinburgh Evening Courant'. Monday, June 29, 1846.

Edinburgh: Davis Ramsay and Son, 1846.

Large bifolium, 560 x 405 mm.

'the entire country is of comparatively recent formation'

Sturt's third expedition to inland Australia, reported to readers in Scotland. Departing from Adelaide in 1844 accompanied by John MacDougall Stuart and Harris Browne, the expedition ventured into some of the most formidable country on the face of the planet (including the Simpson desert). These conditions broke the health of Sturt and several of his men who finally returned to Adelaide stricken with scurvy.

Sturt's third expedition to inland Australia, reported to readers in Scotland. Departing from Adelaide in 1844 accompanied by John MacDougall Stuart and Harris Browne, the expedition ventured into some of the most formidable country on the face of the planet (including the Simpson desert). These conditions broke the health of Sturt and several of his men who finally returned to Adelaide stricken with scurvy.
The article is of good length (nine paragraphs) and concludes with a curious hydrological explanation of the Australian landscape: 'There is one feature in these descriptions which at first sight is rather perplexing. Amidst the arid wastes in which the want of water turned back the explorers, there was no want of evidence of the action of water…there is some reason for believing that the entire country is of comparatively recent formation'. This dating probably derives from the chronology of the Biblical flood, a catastrophe intrinsic to geological reasoning during the mid-nineteenth century.

Price (AUD): $275.00  other currencies     Ref: #4011254

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