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south, and find an exit for their waters to the
coast through a few breaks in the southern
chains of mountains. These rivers, however,
are for the greater part of the year either
entirely dried up, or furnish only a few scanty
pools, barely sufticient for the wild animals —
zebras, quaggas, ostriches, &c., — which fre-
quent this inhospitable region. Not unfrc-
quently even those brackish pools and foun-
tains also fail, as was the case at the time of
our journey ; and then the Karroo becomes
almost impassable by man, and a large por-
tion of it uninhabitable even by the wild beasts.

In such a region, where rain is rare, and
dews almost unknown, the vegetation must of
necessity be at all times extremely scanty ;
and in summer, when the sun has dried the
soil to the hardness of brick, it ceases almost
entirely. Except along the courses of the
temporary livers, which for the most part are
marked by a fringe of mimosas, not a tree,
nor a bush, nor a blade of grass decks the
wide expanse of the waste. Low stunted
Bhrubs, resembling heath ; numerous species



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