At last, after what seemed months, and may, I now realize, have been years, we came in sight of the dun escarpment
which buttressed the foothills of Sari.
My first cursory inspection of the face of the cliffs filled my heart with forebodings, since nowhere could I discern, except where the weird herald stood still shrieking his shrill summons, the faintest indication of even a bare foothold upon the lofty escarpment
There the basalt cliffs of the outside were reproduced upon the inside, forming an escarpment
about two hundred feet high, with a woody slope beneath it.
When standing in the middle of one of these desert plains and looking towards the interior, the view is generally bounded by the escarpment
of another plain, rather higher, but equally level and desolate; and in every other direction the horizon is indistinct from the trembling mirage which seems to rise from the heated surface.
The cliff-tops, though ragged, were of such uniform height as to suggest the boundaries of a great plateau, and now and again we caught glimpses of verdure topping the rocky escarpment
, as though bush or jungle-land had pushed outward from a lush vegetation farther inland to signal to an unseeing world that Caprona lived and joyed in life beyond her austere and repellent coast.
I dived close to the cliffs and skirted them for several miles without finding the least indication of a suitable landing-place; and then I swung back at a lower level, looking for a clearing close to the bottom of the mighty escarpment
; but I could find none of sufficient area to insure safety.
On September twelfth the party scaled a line of sandstone cliffs which crossed their route toward the south; but they crossed them only after an encounter with the tribe that inhabited the numerous caves which pitted the face of the escarpment
. That night they camped upon a rocky plateau which was sparsely wooded with jarrah, and here once again they were visited by the weird, nocturnal apparition that had already filled them with a nameless terror.
The circumference of Copernicus formed almost a perfect circle, and its steep escarpments
were clearly defined.
The traveller from the coast, who, after plodding northward for a score of miles over calcareous downs and corn-lands, suddenly reaches the verge of one of these escarpments
, is surprised and delighted to behold, extended like a map beneath him, a country differing absolutely from that which he has passed through.
Yet it is an admirable lesson to stand on the North Downs and to look at the distant South Downs; for, remembering that at no great distance to the west the northern and southern escarpments
meet and close, one can safely picture to oneself the great dome of rocks which must have covered up the Weald within so limited a period as since the latter part of the Chalk formation.
Located atop the magnificent Helderberg Escarpment
, the park's roots trace back to the early 1900s when John Boyd Thacher and his wife Emma began acquiring land there to protect it from development.
With a lengthy cold water coast, a narrow coastal plain ascending to a considerably elevated escarpment
which leads to a quite level plateau extending across the extent of the continental shield, we are already apart from other continents.