Guidebook of the western United States: The Overland route with a side trip to Yellowstone Park, Part 2 (Google eBook)

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Govt. Print. Off., 1916 - Science - 251 pages
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Page 102 - ... camp-fire, have succumbed to arsenic and hushed their savage music. The wild Indian is turned into an ugly caricature of his conqueror; and that which made him romantic, terrible, and hateful, is in large measure scourged out of him. The slow cavalcade of horsemen armed to the teeth has disappeared before parlor cars and the effeminate comforts of modern travel.
Page 3 - know America first" is a patriotic obligation, but to meet this obligation the railroad traveler needs to have his eyes directed toward the more important or essential things within his field of vision and then to have much that he sees explained by what is unseen in the swift passage of the train.
Page 3 - These books are educational in purpose, but the method adopted is to entertain the traveler by making more interesting what he sees from the car window. The plan of the series is to present authoritative information that may enable the reader to realize adequately the scenic and material resources of the region ho is traversing, to comprehend correctly the basis of its development, and above all to appreciate keenly the real value of the country...
Page 7 - Yet a young, able-bodied Senator might travel from Oregon to Washington and back once a year; but he could do nothing else.
Page 230 - ... derived from rocks or veins by erosion. Playa (pronounced plah'ya). The shallow central basin of a desert plain, in which water gathers after a rain and is evaporated. Porphyry. Any igneous rock in which certain crystal constituents are distinctly visible in contrast with the finer-grained substance of the rock. Quartzite. A rock composed of sand grains cemented by silica into an extremely hard mass. Rhyolite. A lava, usually of light color, corresponding in chemical composition to granite. The...
Page 228 - Crystalline rock. A rock composed of closely fitting mineral crystals that have formed in the rock substance as contrasted with one made up of cemented grains of sand or other material or with a volcanic glass. Diabase. A heavy, dark, intrusive rock having the same composition as basalt, but, on account of its slower cooling, a more crystalline texture. Its principal constituent minerals are feldspar, augite, and usually olivine.
Page 230 - Rocks formed by the accumulation of sediment in water (aqueous deposits) or from air (eolian deposits). The sediment may consist of rock fragments or particles of various sizes (conglomerate, sandstone, shale); of the remains or products of animals or plants (certain limestones and coal); of the product of chemical action or of evaporation (salt, gypsum, etc.); or of mixtures of these materials. Some sedimentary deposits (tuffs) are composed of fragments blown from volcanoes and deposited on land...
Page 7 - If he should travel at the rate of 30 miles per day, it would require 306 days. Allow for Sundays, 44, it would amount to 350 days. This would allow the Member a fortnight to rest himself at Washington before he should commence his journey home.
Page 2 - Rise and culmination of the marine animals sometimes known as sea lilies (crinoids) and! of giant scorpion-like crustaceans (eurypterids). Rise of fishes and of reefbuilding corals.
Page 7 - ... senator might travel from Oregon to Washington and back once a year; but he could do nothing else. It would be more expeditious, however, to come by water round Cape Horn, or to pass through Behring's Straits round the north coast of this continent to Baffin's Bay, thence through Davis' Straits to the Atlantic, and so on to Washington.

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