chapter  Chapter IX
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Arabia, Eastern and South Eastern, and the Kooria Mooria Islands.

WithCol. S.B. Miles

Between the years 1855 and 1860, by which time the whole of the guano had been cleared off, the Kooria Mooria Islands presented a busy scene, as many as fifty-two ships having been seen there at one time. Of the igneous rocks we have fortunately been given an elaborate and interesting description by Dr. H. J. Carter, who informs us that “this group consists of serpentine, green stone, and basalt, and that in these three products we have the type of all the igneous masses in South-East Arabia.” The Soories have ever borne, in the Indian Ocean, an unenviable reputation as pirates, kidnappers, and slave-traders, and the port was generally regarded in former days as the largest slave depot in the Arabian Sea. To the west of Khashaeem is Ghubbet Saukira, the largest bay on this coast, sixty-four miles in length as the crow flies, and the limestone formation found at Hamar al-Nafoor and other places again recurs.