National Geographic : 1954 Dec
© National Geographic Society 739 Koaacnromes Dy unlert urosvenor A Banana Plantation Straddling the Equator Rises So High That a Coat Feels Welcome On the highway to Albert National Park, Belgian Congo, the author passed a road sign marked "Equateur" (inset). Here, at an altitude of 7,218 feet, she found the temperature brisk. The Ruwenzoris formed a magnificent backdrop. These lands yield rubber, coffee, cinchona bark, and pyrethrum for insecticides. Grassy dikes between terraces prevent erosion; they correspond to stone walls seen in the mountains of Portugal and Peru.