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The sand ridges rose higher and higher
Title : The sand ridges rose higher and higher The sand ridges rose higher and higher
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Creator : Sturt, Charles, 1795-1869
Source : Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia ..., volume 1, p. 402
Place Of Creation : London
Publisher : T. and W. Boone
Date of creation : 1849
Format : Book
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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Sturt and his men climbed one of the sand-hills to see the sand ridges extending in parallel lines as far as the horizon, and rising higher and higher as they advanced. All vegetation had disappeared now except for spinifex. With the sky overcast he was unable to take sights to determine his position either by the noon-day sun, or by the stars at night. Sturt began to consider the condition of his horses and men.

The prospect ahead of the men was terrible. The horses had been without water and adequate food for days; the men were existing on damper and tea, with the occasional duck or pigeon. Now ahead loomed the huge spinifex covered dunes of the Simpson Desert. Camels would be used to cross it in 1936 and 1939; it is unlikely that horses even in the best of condition could have managed. Sturt did not know it but there were no water courses ahead of him. Would his usual prudence and care for the lives of his men win the day?
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Sturt, Charles 1795-1869

Period : 1836-1851
Region : Flinders Ranges and Far North - Outback
Further reading :

Sturt, Charles, Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia: performed under the authority of Her Majesty's Government, during the years 1844, 5, and 6, ... New York: Greenwood Press, [1969]

Shephard, Mark The Simpson Desert: natural history and human endeavour Adelaide: Royal Geographical Society of Australasia (South Australian Branch) and Giles Publications, 1992

Cumpston, J. H. L. Charles Sturt: his life and journeys of exploration Melbourne: Georgian House, 1951

Stokes, Edward, To the inland sea: Charles Sturt's expedition 1844-45 Melbourne: Hutchinson of Australia, 1986

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