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diluvium; and the glacial facing, which was easily cut through, appeared to Captain Beechey to be occasioned either by the snow being banked up against the cfiff or collected iu its hollows in the winter, and converted into ice in the summer by partial thawings and freezings, or by the constant flow of water during the summer over the edges of the cliffs, on which, when con= vetted into ice, the sun's rays operate less forcibly than on other parts. At Blossom Cape, in Kotzebue Bay, the ice, instead of merely forming a shield to the cliff, was imbedded in the in- dentations along its edges, filling them up nearly eveu with the point. The bones found in this deposit of mud and gravel belonged to the elephant, the urus, the deer, and the horse. Some of the tusks examined by Professor Buckland possessed the same double cur- vature as the tusks of the great elephant in the museum at Peters= burgh, from the icy cliff at the mouth of the Lena, in Siberia. The head of the musk-ox, brought home with the fossil benes, Pro- fessor Buckland says, cannot be considered as fossil. The horns of the deer were similar to those found in the diluvium of England; but there were also the cervical vertebrn? of an unknown animal, and which must have differed essentially from any that now inhabit the polar regions of the northern hemisphere. II.wA Narrative of a Visit to the Court of $inde,?'c. By James Burnes, Surgeon to the Residency at Bhooj. Bombay. 1829. Edinburgh. 1851. By W. Ainsworth, Esq. SIND, or Sinde, extends on both sides of the river Indus, called by the Hindoos Sindh, which thus gives its name to the coun- try. It resembles Egyp.t in the overflowing of the river, in its cli- mate, in some degree zn zts soil, and also in being confined on one side by a ridge of mountains, and on the other by a desert. Being of classical celebrity, it has long attracted the attention of geogra- phers; but from the opposition offered to research by the preju- dices of its oriental possessors, and the predatory habits of its Nomadic tribes, it has remained until very lately quite unexplored. The views of Napoleon, however, on our Indian possessions, first pointed out the necessity of a better acquaintance with a country which forms their western barrier; and we are indebted to the im- pulse given by these precautionary measures for Colonel Pottin- ger's account of Sinde, and his subsequent exploration, with Captain Christie, of Belochistan, and a part of Persia. The final occupation of Cutch by the British troops in 1819, further brought our government in connexion with Sjnde; and ?ter an unsuccessful Dig,tiz?d by Google