National Geographic : 1937 Feb
186 THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE 'fotograpn by Irvine u. Garner DRIVEN LIKE A HORSE IN HARNESS, THIS "SHIP OF THE DESERT" BRINGS WATER TO THE EXPEDITION CAMP Much of the treeless steppe country is virtually without water most of the year. The eclipse expeditions' supply for photographic purposes was obtained at holes remaining from a dried-up river; drinking water was brought in carboys from Ak Bulak. Photograph by Merriel M. Gardner HANSEL AND GRETEL MIGHT MISTAKE THIS AK BULAK HOME FOR THE OLD WITCH'S GINGERBREAD HOUSE Its walls, however, are of clay and straw blocks, plastered and whitewashed, and the elaborate fret work is cut in wood (page 185). These adobe houses are cool in summer and warm in winter.