It is this junction of the rivers that is one of the supposed sites of the Garden of Eden

TCD MS 10516 folio 85 verso

TCD MS 10516 folio 85 verso

[12th October 1916] we could detect four smaller spots. In the evening on the river bank we used to watch these mighty changes in the sun; so immense were they that, as the sun paled in the west, we could detect the spots with the naked eye.

Shifting of River-bed: – The Tigris and Euphrates are both great rivers known to us from remote antiquity. At Kurna they unite to form a still mightier stream navigable for ocean-going vessels. Their point of confluence is a place of the greatest interest. It is this junction of the rivers that is one of the supposed sites of the Garden of Eden, a supposition which, I think, geology can fully disprove. The actual meeting of the waters cannot but attract attention. Those of the Tigris are dark