National Geographic : 1919 Apr
THIS IS A VIEW OF' THE VALLEY ABOVE ORTAKIEUI All of these valleys are breaks in the surrounding plateau, whose general level is given by the rimof the bluffs. The original creative cause of all the valleys like this is a small stream of water. The width of this valley at its head (see next page),just hidden from view here, isabout three hundred yards; but its width increases steadily, until the maximum of one thousand yards is reached atthe point below here where the author had to bid it farewell. The surrounding plateau is waterless, and therefore a semi-desert waste during thehotseason ofthe year; but the soil inthe little valley is very fertile, delighting the eye with its luxuriant gardens.