British Guiana: The Essequibo and Potaro Rivers, with an Account of a Visit to the Recently-discovered Kaieteur Falls

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E. Stanford, 1873 - British Guiana - 82 pages
 

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Page 60 - The general impression produced by the examination of the country is, that here we see the last stage of a process that has been going on during the whole period of the elevation of the Andes and the mountains of Brazil and Guiana from the ocean.
Page 65 - Canuku and Carawaimi mountains to the south, the thick forests of the Essequibo and isolated mountains to the east, and the mountains of the Mocajahi and branches of the Sierra Parima to the west, and, according to a superficial computation, cover a space of 14,400 square miles.
Page 35 - Pyrrha, sub antrof cui flavam religas comam, simplex munditiis? heu quoties fidem mutatosque deos flebit et aspera nigris aequora ventis emirabitur insolens, qui nunc te fruitur credulus aurea; qui semper vacuam, semper amabilem sperat nescius aurae fallacis. miseri, quibus intentata nites ! me tabula sacer votiva paries indicat uvida suspendisse potenti vestimenta maris deo.
Page 60 - Negro ; and its greatest extent, between Cape North and the confluence of the Rio Xie with the Rio Negro, is 1090 geographical miles; its greatest breadth, between Punta Barima, at the mouth of the Orinoco, to the confluence of the Rio Negro with the Amazon, is 710 geographical miles.
Page 65 - The geological structure of this region leaves but little doubt that it was once the bed of an inland lake, which by one of those catastrophes of which even later times give us examples, broke its barriers, and forced a path for its waters to the Atlantic...
Page 75 - The upper consists of 1,500' of grey sandstone and conglomerate and the lower of white, pink and red sandstones interstratified with red shales of 900 feet in thickness. Farther westward at Roraima ... we have almost 2,000 feet of the upper and 1,000 feet of the lower division. '•Most of the sandstone beds contain water-worn pebbles of white quartz and red jasper scattered .very irregularly and sparingly through them; even the soft white and pink beds contain these small round pebbles.
Page 51 - September 27, all operations carried out during the five days took place under cover of Artillery barrages. The amount of ammunition fired was exceptionally large, and it was only by the most strenuous efforts on the part of all ranks of the Artillery that the supply could be made to keep pace with the expenditure. • The success in this respect was to a large extent due to the exertion and skill displayed by the Canadian Engineers (MajorGeneral WB Lindsay) in every branch of their activities, notably...
Page 61 - The losses caused by our civil wars could not at all explain the slow increase of our population, and the only way in which I can account for it is that they are not so well prepared as...
Page 74 - Upon this comes hard beds of quartzose sandstone and conglomerate often obliquely laminated but of no great thickness and then a series of white, red, pinkish and grey sandstone beds occupying many hundred feet vertically, being interstratified with beds of red shale. The highest portion is composed of interstratified grey sandstone. This formation presents a thickness of 1,200 feet at its southern outcrop and 3000
Page 42 - What the Kaieteur loses, from a comparison with Niagara in width and in magnitude of the descending flood, it gains in height, while the surrounding scenery is far lovelier.

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