Euphrates flood plain, with reed huts in background. View from boat with British officers in foreground. "We went up the Euphrates all morning. It is the most curious sight. The whole country is under water, the villages, which are mainly not sedentary, but nomadic, are built on floating piles of reed mats, anchored to palm trees, and locomotion is entirely by boat."
Bell, Gertrude Margaret Lowthian