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The countryside was mostly grassy steppeland or tundra-treeless plains on land with frozen subsoil that thawed to a black mucky surface in summer.
The island rose no more than twenty-five feet above the water, then leveled out into a long field that was a steppeland in miniature with fescues and feather grasses turning gold in the sun.
The steppeland east of the valley where Ayla had lived alone for three years had been more accessible, and the young woman hadn't bothered to take the difficult roundabout way to the west out of the valley very often, and was largely unfamiliar with that area.
And when you seehis here-and-now, you’ll understand why he’d want to merge it with thenetherworld: Bagi’s stark but serene steppeland world of sheep andshepherds is being invaded by industrial modernity.