They beheld volcanic plains stretching around them, and ranges of mountains piled up to the clouds, and glistening with eternal frost: but knew nothing of their defiles, nor how they were to be penetrated or traversed.
The consequence is that the Rocky Mountains and the ulterior regions, from the Russian possessions in the north down to the Spanish settlements of California, have been traversed and ransacked in every direction by bands of hunters and Indian traders; so that there is scarcely a mountain pass, or defile, that is not known and threaded in their restless migrations, nor a nameless stream that is not haunted by the lonely trapper.
Thus we can understand the identity of many plants at points so immensely remote as on the mountains of the United States and of Europe.
But with our Alpine productions, left isolated from the moment of the returning warmth, first at the bases and ultimately on the summits of the mountains, the case will have been somewhat different; for it is not likely that all the same arctic species will have been left on mountain ranges distant from each other, and have survived there ever since; they will, also, in all probability have become mingled with ancient Alpine species, which must have existed on the mountains before the commencement of the Glacial epoch, and which during its coldest period will have been temporarily driven down to the plains; they will, also, have been exposed to somewhat different climatal influences.
The ignorant inhabitants of plains are prone to clothe the mountains
that bound their horizon with fanciful and superstitious attributes.
That's Sonoma Mountain
there, and the road skirts it pretty well up, and goes through Cooper's Grove.
Newton," said Barbicane, "is the most perfect type of these annular mountains
, of which the earth possesses no sample.
Before my highest mountain
do I stand, and before my longest wandering: therefore must I first go deeper down than I ever ascended:
In this part of the valley, the mountains
on each side were from 3000 to 6000 or 8000 feet high, with rounded outlines and steep bare flanks.
It is not impossible that this conceit occurred to Hawthorne before he had himself seen the Old Man of the Mountain
, or the Profile, in the Franconia Notch which is generally associated in the minds of readers with The Great Stone Face.
But all in vain, and for seven years the Princess had sat now and waited for some one to scale the Glass Mountain
laughed the General, who was now on the mountain