The Imperiia Project: a spatial history of the Russian Empire

Volga babble

Baedeker babbles on and on about the river.
About the way it rises in the Valdai Hills.
About its length.
Its fall.
Its entry into the Caspian Sea.
The diluvial deposits that muddy its water.
The traces of its ancient bed visible in the hardened, grassy surface of the steppe. 
About hills of clay and loam.
The low marshes and forests that line its upper reaches.
Then the right bank's steep slopes and eminences.

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