SWITZERLAND EUROPE’S RESERVOIR

SWITZERLAND EUROPE’S RESERVOIR

Switzerland is the great water reservoir of Europe. Her mountain peaks and immense ice fields gather and retain moisture, which distributes itself during the entire year over the fertile plains of Europe. The Alps have four water-sheds; one toward the Rhine and the North sea, one toward the Danube and the Black sea, one toward the Po and the Adriatic, and another toward the Rhone and the French coast of the Mediterranean. From these are born the torrents which make the Rhine, the Rhone, the Danube, and the Po. Those who go through the Maloja pass into Italy and over the Tete Noire into France, follow the Rhine to one of its sources, just below the Albula pass close to the Upi>er Engadine which is one of the chief sources of the Danube. The glaciers there are famous river-breeding, yet they do not diminish in size—a fact which is still more notably true of the great glacier streams of the Mount filar,c region than of those of the Upper Engadine.

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