scooped out an enormous basin <just short of it>

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park sang joon

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Korean
The speaker is now traveling on the desert toward a tower to rescue his brother which large stones is continuously, regularly moving on.

Now, whatever the reason, the rocks avoided the tower. While it seemed to stand on a hill, I realized as I approached that it would be more correct to say that the rocks had scooped out an enormous basin just short of it.
["Sign of the Unicorn" of The Great Book of Amber by Roger Zelazny]
I'd like to know what "just short of it" means here.
Thank you in advance for your help.
 
  • Cagey

    post mod (English Only / Latin)
    English - US
    "It" is the tower.
    As Ddeckys says, we are being told that the rocks had scooped out an enormous basin right next to the tower.
     
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