Clarence King memoirs. The helmet of Mambrino (Google eBook)

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Pub. for the King memorial committee of the Century association by G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1904 - Geologists - 429 pages
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Page 224 - Bitter constraint and sad occasion dear Compels me to disturb your season due; For Lycidas is dead, dead ere his prime, Young Lycidas, and hath not left his peer.
Page 8 - IN a village of La Mancha, the name of which I have no desire to call to mind, there lived not long since one of those gentlemen that keep a lance in the lance-rack, an old buckler, a lean hack, and a greyhound for coursing.
Page 280 - ... years; but the effect of pressure on the temperature of solidification must also be taken into account, and Mr Clarence King, after a careful scrutiny of all the data given him for this purpose by Dr Barus, concludes that without further data " we have no warrant for extending the earth's age beyond 24 millions of years.
Page 260 - Zirkel, then the greatest microscopical petrographer of the day, and to induce him, if possible, to visit America and study in the presence of the collectors their collection of rock specimens, for at that time no American geologist had any practical knowledge of this new branch of geology. From this visit resulted Zirkel's volume on microscopical petrography, which marked the opening of a new era in geological study in the United States.
Page 34 - Weeks before this I had given up trying to stretch the Spanish conception of America to include a country north of Mexico, for the land of Cortes is the limit of imagination in that direction; so I helplessly assented. [Yes, it was trying.] The boy returned with the paper; ink-horns and pens were successfully searched for, and the document was executed and sealed. Salazar and I withdrew after saluting the upright official, mounted our beasts, received the soft benediction of the smiling widow, and...
Page 32 - very destructive, very exhausting ; but, thank God, North and South are now beginning to be friends again." " Are you of the North or of the South ? "
Page 8 - Late in the evening, after a long day in the saddle, we had stopped at an humble posada on the outskirts of an old pueblo, too tired to press on in search of better accommodations, which we believed the town would probably afford. We were glad enough to tie our weary animals to their iron rings within the posada, and fling ourselves down to sleep in the doorway, lulled by the comfortable munching sound of the beasts, and fanned by a soft wind which came fitfully from the south. The mild, dry night,...
Page 18 - Spanish barbers' basins, such as the good Don Quixote wore for a helmet. " It is to find him an ancient basin that we have come to La Mancha. There were plenty of new ones in Seville and Cordova, but they will not serve. We must have an ancient one, and one from this very land. Do you by chance remember where there is such an one ? " The good woman reflected, while we sipped the chocolate, and ate the cakes and the olives. She threw away the end of the cigarette, and began rolling another. This little...
Page 275 - ... essentially the same chemical composition, but which show no evidence of having been subjected to such excessive heat as would produce actual liquefaction, he called in the agency of the immense pressure to which such rocks would necessarily have been subjected. "While the long years of combined field work and microscopic study of modern petrographers, made since King's theory was enunciated, have proved that the structure of crystalline schists is due to pressure, they do not go so far as he...

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