[The loss- of-strength gradient is] the degree to which military and political power diminishes as we move a unit distance away from its home base.
The gradient of the western slopes of Mount Kenya is very slight, whilst on the east it is so gentle as to be almost imperceptible, so that there the masses of snow extend far southwards, and give the impression of a grand and lofty glacier-covered plateau. ~ Count TelekiCount Teleki's expedition was the first European one to set foot on the mountain. The quote describes the view during the approach.
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