So that here three marine faunas range far northward and southward, in parallel lines not far from each other, under corresponding climates; but from being separated from each other by impassable
barriers, either of land or open sea, they are wholly distinct.
For the better part of two hours the trail paralleled the barrier, and then suddenly turned toward it through the roughest and seemingly most impassable
country I ever had beheld.
Several weeks were consumed in this cheerless manner, during which the inhabitants of the country gradually changed their pursuits from the social and bustling movements of the time of snow to the laborious and domestic engagements of the coming season, The village was no longer thronged with visitors; the trade that had enlivened the shops for several months, began to disappear; the highways lost their shining coats of beaten snow in impassable sloughs, and were deserted by the gay and noisy travellers who, in sleighs, had, during the winter, glided along their windings; and, in short, everything seemed indicative of a mighty change, not only in the earth, but in those who derived their sources of comfort and happiness from its bosom.
As exercise in the open air was in some degree necessary to the habits of the family, when the constant recurrence of frosts and thaws rendered the roads, which were dangerous at the most favorable times, utterly impassable for wheels, saddle-horses were used as substitutes for other conveyances.
When cattle are driven into the valley of the Wolgan by a path (which I descended), partly natural and partly made by the owner of the land, they cannot escape; for this valley is in every other part surrounded by perpendicular cliffs, and eight miles lower down, it contracts from an average width of half a mile, to a mere chasm, impassable
to man or beast.
There were low rambling buildings of concrete barred with heavy impassable
doors, and no amount of hammering and hallooing brought any response.
But our upward march was soon stopped at a height of about two hundred and fifty feet by impassable
There were few people on whose secrecy she would have more confidently depended; but, at the same time, there was no one whose knowledge of a sister's frailty would have mortified her so much-- not, however, from any fear of disadvantage from it individually to herself, for, at any rate, there seemed a gulf impassable
Sometimes they scrambled from rock to rock, up the bed of some mountain stream, dashing its bright way down to the plains; sometimes they availed themselves of the paths made by the deer and the mountain sheep, which, however, often took them to the brinks of fearful precipices, or led to rugged defiles, impassable
for their horses.
The heavy snow and ice has made roads impassable
- some due, of course, to a lack of gritting.
Many local roads were impassable
but all motorways were open.
AT AROUND this time of year, the streets become all but impassable
as local authorities use up their cash for the year before it runs out in April.
The beating has left dozens of streets impassable
by floods, mudslides and debris, while others are rough riding with countless potholes.
Hundreds of people were stranded in their vehicles on January 28 after the roads became impassable
due to snow and ice.
Louis this past November, a 40-year old, wheelchair-bound woman was struck and killed by a car when she was forced to use the street because the sidewalk was impassable