Gunnar et Nial

scènes et moeurs de la vieille Islande

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Author: Jules Gourdault
Published: 1886
Language: French
Wordcount: 52,933 / 183 pg
LoC Category: PQ
Downloads: 353
Added to site: 2008.03.22
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Sur le versant sud particulièrement, les afflux d'ondes arrivent tout à coup comme de gigantesques avalanches et submergent au loin le littoral, charriant avec eux d'immenses débris de glace.

Ailleurs, dans les parties de l'île que recouvre une haute couche de cendres, la débâcle, quoique moins bruyante, n'en produit pas des effets moins terribles. Le sol, entièrement composé d'éléments meubles et sans cohésion, absorbe comme une éponge les eaux provenant de la fonte des neiges, et de cette sorte d'engouffrement, qui apporte avec soi la stérilité, il résulte les terrains spéciaux, dits tantôt les «sables tremblants», tantôt les «sables qui crèvent», où nul cavalier n'ose s'aventurer.

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Enfin cette furie de dégel s'apaise. Au-dessous de l'éternel névé que nulle chaleur solaire ne fondra, les monts in

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