An essay on the encroachments of the German ocean along the Norfolk coast, with a design to arrest its further depredations (Google eBook)

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1844
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Page 9 - For lo ! the Sea that fleets about the land, And like a girdle clips her solid waist, Music and measure both doth understand ; For his great crystal eye is always cast Up to the Moon, and on her fixed fast ; And as she danceth in her pallid sphere, So danceth he about the centre here.
Page 103 - Britain honoured, while living, with her favour, and, when lost, with her tears ; Of whom, signalized by his triumphs in all lands, the whole earth stood in awe on account of the tempered firmness of his counsels, and the undaunted ardour of his courage; This great man NORFOLK Boasts her own, not only as born there of a...
Page 45 - The sands whereon Yarmouth is built first became firm and habitable ground about the year 1008, from which time a line of dunes has gradually increased in height and breadth, stretching across the whole entrance of the ancient estuary, and obstructing the ingress of the tides so completely, that they are only admitted by the narrow passage which the river keeps open, and which has gradually shifted several miles to the south.
Page 33 - I ascertained, in 1829, some facts which throw light upon the rate at which the sea gains on the land. It was computed, when the present inn was built, in 1805, that it would require seventy years for the sea to reach the spot, the mean loss of land being calculated, from previous observations, to be somewhat less than one yard annually. The distance between the house and the sea was fifty yards; but no allowance was made for the slope of the ground being from the sea, in consequence of which the...
Page 20 - As water, therefore, he observes, when pent up so that it cannot escape, acquires a higher level, so, in a place where it can escape, the same operation produces a current , and this current will extend to a greater or less distance, according to the force by which it is produced.
Page 36 - Stevenson, is deepest on the Norwegian side, where the soundings give 190 fathoms ; but the mean depth of the whole basin may be stated at no more than 31 fathoms.
Page 103 - ... counsels, and the undaunted ardour of his courage ; This great man NORFOLK boasts her own, not only as born there of a respectable family, and as there having received his early education, but her own also in talents, manners, and mind. The glory of so great a name though sure long to outlive all monuments of brass and stone, his fellow countrymen of Norfolk have resolved to commemorate by this column, erected by their joint contributions.
Page 20 - Rennell informs us that a large piece of water, ten miles broad, and generally only three feet deep, has by a strong wind had its waters driven to one side, and sustained so as to become six feet deep, while the windward side was laid dry.
Page 33 - Sherringham was built, in 1805, it was fifty yards from the sea, and it was computed that it would require seventy ye,ars for the sea to reach the spot, the mean loss of land having been calculated, from former experience, to be somewhat less than one yard annually.
Page 38 - ... covered with the most beautiful verdure. The formation of new lands, by the sea's continually bringing its sediment to one place, and by the accumulation of its sands in another, is easily conceived. We have had many instances of this in England. The island of Oxney, which is adjacent to Roinncyinarsh, was produced in this manner.

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