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THE COCAPAH -DESERT.

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THE COCAPAH -DESERT. It is not generally known that the hottest, most arid desert in the world is in the United States, but such is the fact. The Cocapah Desert is small, but it is the most dangerous of any known. Standing upon the moiintaiii-ralicre to the east, looking across the sixty miles of plain to another mountain-range on the west, with glimpses of two small lakes midway between, it does not appear that it requires any extraordi- nary feat of danger or endurance to cross. Yet getting over this plain has caused the loss of many lives. The sand of that desert is so hot that in a few miles the shoes will be literally burned off the traveller's feet; beasts will be overcome before half the dis- tance is encompassed, and the adventurous traveller dies in agony, literally consumed with heat from without and thirst within. Many have been known to attempt the journey and but few have been known to return. These have gone no farther than the first lake, and, finding it salt water, have beaten a retreat. The nearest lake nas been reached often enough te know that it ebbs and flows with the Gulf of California, and the water is the same; hence it must be a part of that body, -although separated from it by sixty or seventy miles of solid earth and a high range of mountains. This range was probably at one time an island, and the Cocapah Desert the bottom of the lea.

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