Principles of geology; or, The modern changes of the earth and its inhabitants considered as illustrative of geology (Google eBook)

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D. Appleton & co., 1865 - Geology - 834 pages
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To begin, the Penguin introduction offers a good summary of the debates and controversies that defined Lyell's intervention into the field of geology. Lyell attempted to make the discipline a ... Read full review

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Page 523 - Thy waters wasted them while they were free, And many a tyrant since; their shores obey The stranger, slave, or savage; their decay Has dried up realms to deserts: not so thou, Unchangeable save to thy wild waves' play Time writes no wrinkle on thine azure brow Such as creation's dawn beheld, thou rollest now.
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Page 135 - A thousand men, that fishes gnaw'd upon; Wedges of gold, great anchors, heaps of pearl, Inestimable stones, unvalued jewels, All scatter'd in the bottom of the sea...
Page 409 - The seat of Desolation, void of light, Save what the glimmering of these livid flames Casts pale and dreadful?
Page 54 - The Author of nature has not given laws to the universe, which, like the institutions of men, carry in themselves the elements of their own destruction. He has not permitted, in his works, any symptom of infancy or of old age, or any sign by which we may estimate either their future or their past duration.
Page 620 - Reviewing the facts here given, one is astonished at the amount of creative force, if such an expression may be used, displayed on these small, barren, and rocky islands ; and still more so, at its diverse yet analogous action on points so near each other. I have said that the Galapagos Archipelago might be called a satellite attached to America, but it should rather be called a group of satellites, physically similar, organically distinct, yet intimately related to each other, and all related in...
Page 660 - ... and I am told that the wild bee is seldom to be met with at any great distance from the frontier. They have been the heralds of civilization...
Page 53 - ... in the planetary motions, where geometry has carried the eye so far both into the future and the past, we discover no mark, either of the commencement or the termination of the present order.
Page 51 - ... planet, and the strata which now compose our continents have been once beneath the sea, and were formed out of the waste of pre-existing continents. The same forces are still destroying, by chemical decomposition or mechanical violence, even the hardest rocks, and transporting the materials to the sea, where they are spread out, and form strata analogous to those of more ancient date. Although loosely deposited along the bottom of the ocean, they become afterwards altered and consolidated by...
Page 1 - GEOLOGY is the science which investigates the successive changes that have taken place in the organic and inorganic kingdoms of nature ; it inquires into the causes of these changes, and the influence which they have exerted in modifying the surface and external structure of our planet.

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