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Wealth of the World's Waste Places and Oceania   By: (1844-1926)

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Wealth of the World's Waste Places and Oceania by Jewett C. (Jewett Castello) Gilson is an extraordinary travelogue that takes readers on an unforgettable journey across some of the most remote corners of the world. As an adventurous explorer, Gilson provides a comprehensive account of his experiences in the untamed landscapes of Oceania, shedding light on lesser-known regions and captivating readers with his vivid descriptions.

One of the most remarkable aspects of this book is Gilson's meticulous attention to detail. Every page is filled with intricate observations of the natural beauty, diverse cultures, and unique history of each place he visits. From the vibrant coral reefs of the Great Barrier Reef to the awe-inspiring landscapes of New Zealand, Gilson's ability to transport readers to these far-flung locations is truly unmatched.

Furthermore, Gilson's passion for discovering the hidden treasures of the world shines through his eloquent storytelling. His prose is as lyrical as it is informative, creating an immersive reading experience that enables readers to feel like they are right alongside him on his expedition. Gilson's enthusiasm for exploration is infectious, leaving readers yearning for their own adventures in uncharted territories.

In addition to the captivating narratives, Wealth of the World's Waste Places and Oceania also provides a significant amount of historical and cultural context. Gilson masterfully weaves in anecdotes and historical events, allowing readers to gain deeper insights into the places he visits. This combination of personal experiences and historical knowledge serves to enrich the storytelling, making the book both educational and entertaining.

However, it is worth noting that the book's language and style may not be easily accessible to all readers. Gilson's extensive vocabulary and occasional use of archaic terminology might pose a challenge for those unaccustomed to high-level prose. Nevertheless, for those willing to invest their time and effort, this book presents an opportunity to be immersed in a world of adventure, discovery, and wonder.

In conclusion, Wealth of the World's Waste Places and Oceania by Jewett C. Gilson is a travelogue that surpasses expectations. Gilson's eloquence, attention to detail, and passion for exploration make this book an absolute delight. Whether you are an armchair traveler or an avid adventurer, this captivating journey through the world's waste places and Oceania will undoubtedly leave an indelible mark on your imagination.

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Redway's Geographical Readers



JEWETT C. GILSON Former Superintendent of Schools, Oakland, California


[Illustration: From the National Geographic Magazine, copyright 1911: The great Rainbow natural bridge of southern Utah]

Charles Scribner's Sons New York 1913

Copyright, 1913, by Jewett C. Gilson


Although the term "Waste Places" carries an implied meaning of "worthless," yet, interpreted in the light of Nature's methods, each region described, useless as it may apparently seem, possesses a definite relation to the rest of the world, and therefore to the well being of man. The Sahara is the track of the winds whose moisture fertilizes the flood plains of the Nile. The Himalaya Mountains condense the rain that gives life to India. From the inhospitable polar regions come the winds and currents that temper the heat of the tropics.

Nature has secreted many of her most useful treasures in most forbidding places. The nitrates which fertilize so much of Europe are drawn from the fiercest of South American deserts, and the gold which measures American commerce is mined in the arctic wilds of Alaska or in the almost inaccessible scarps of the western highlands. The description of these regions and the portrayal of their relation to the rest of the world is the purpose of Part I of this book... Continue reading book >>

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