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At four legions from Coite, we made a camp at one o'clock in the morning. Men and animals were exhausted by the excessive strain of the continuing march, and the worry of tomorrow did not let us sleep; Moreover, the water burgular, prostrated with deadly dejection, was the object of our anguished compassion. When the sun came up, we found our people immersed in deep apathy; most of the mules, some sad around us, others scattered in the scrubland where they roamed tormented by thirst. In the cisterns there was not a drop of water. We ourselves licked the dew from the smooth granite slabs, and comfort the animals with brown sugar. Two of the mules were unable to accompany us; the others, out of breath, moved forward with great effort. After all, when our difficulties had reached their peak, we were happily saved. In Imbuzeiro, a few feet away from the Cistern, torrential rain had fallen, and the resident had gathered the beneficial element in pits, hastily. Here we got so excited that marching on, we arrived at the Fazenda do Rio do Peixe; it was just the edge of this tremendous district.

Fazenda do Rio do Peixe

The small Rio do Peixe was actually without water, and had only a series of separate lagoons, with saltwater, and an extremely nauseating taste. It must be said, however, that thereafter the vegetation was less parched, the atmosphere more humid, and we find more abundant water in both the cisterns and the above. As we continued the trip, we were often surprised by showers, which, however, never lasted long. These climate variations seemed to us to be in particular relation to the mountainous surface of the country. After the low

Feira de Santana today

mountain range near the Feira de Santana, we had flat terrain, either rising slightly slowly, or alternating with undulations and hills; but, beyond the Rio do Peixe, we followed the road to a second chain, called by the local people,

Serra do Rio do Peixe

Serra do Rio do Peixe, on whose slopes and flanks lay gigantic, gorgeously shaped blocks of gneiss, and hence onwards, the region became more rugged. Everywhere in the district, where we had passed, we noted the dominant shape of the gneiss, and, in addition, much granite.

Gneiss

The orientation, which takes this rock, varies from N. to S. and N.0. for S.E., with little inclination, rarely with almost perpendicular layers; Often, you don't notice any layers either.

Granite

Only in a few points, as in the Gravata Farm, and between Jurema and Embauba amphibole appears above the granite. The vegetation is everywhere Catinga, whose trunks usually have no more than 30 or 40 feet of

Etching 10 Catinga, semi-arid

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