The country was mostly poor and barren, sandy hillocks, with scanty growth of spinifex.
The site lies high (1400 ft.) on eight hillocks in a fertile oasis plain, beyond which stretch on the S.
Above it are some bare rocky hillocks, picturesquely studded with pagodas.
Like Drente on the north and Gelderland on the south, Overysel consists of a sandy flat relieved by hillocks, and is covered with waste stretches of heath and patches of wood and high fen.
In length by a quarter of a mile in breadth there exists an exposed mass of rock-salt with several large hillocks of salt on either side.
The sand usually forms isolated hillocks, called medanos, of a half-moon shape, having their convex sides towards the tradewind.
A narrow tract of land along the coast of the Caspian, known as the "hillocks of Baer," is covered with hillocks elongated from west to east, perpendicularly to the coast-line, the spaces between them being filled with water or overgrown with thickets of reed, Salix, Ulmus campestris, almond trees, &c. An archipelago of little islands is thus formed close to the shore by these mounds, which are backed on the N.
The older or upper portion of the town is built on the crest and slopes of five hillocks and in the hollows between them, all forming part of the Jorat range.
In length, and separated in some cases by chains of hillocks, called bugors, in others by sandbanks.