Nature and Science on the Pacific Coast: A Guide-book for Scientific Travelers in the West

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Paul Elder and Company, 1915 - Natural history - 302 pages
 

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Page 271 - A general diffusion of knowledge and intelligence being essential to the preservation of the rights and liberties of the people, the Legislature shall encourage by all suitable means the promotion of intellectual, scientific, moral, and agricultural improvement.
Page 14 - Mexico, the end may be perhaps better attained than at Panama. All this is reserved for the future and for an enterprising spirit. So much, however, is certain, that if they succeed in cutting such a canal that ships of any burden and size can be navigated through it from the Mexican Gulf to the Pacific Ocean, innumerable benefits would result to the whole human race, civilized and uncivilized. But I should wonder if the United States were to let an opportunity escape of getting such a work into...
Page 24 - Briefly, the summer winds may be grouped as follows: West to northwest, 75 per cent; north to northeast, 4 per cent; east to southeast, 3 per cent; south to southwest, 3 per cent; and calms, 15 per cent. The winter Hours.
Page 218 - ... Indians, seem to have shifted their culture grounds frequently in their migrations. No such need was felt by the inhabitants of the arid regions for centuries, for the native fertility of their soils, coupled with the fertilizing effects of irrigation water bringing plant-food from afar, relieved them of the need of continuous fertilization; while in the humid regions, the fertility of the land is currently carried into the sea by the drainage waters, through the streams and rivers, causing a...
Page 14 - There are mountains, but there are also hands. Give me the resolve, and the task will be accomplished. If determination is not lacking, means will not fail; the Indies, to which the way is to be made, will furnish them. To a king of Spain, seeking the wealth of Indian commerce, that which is possible is also easy.
Page 11 - There were no hotels in California, every door was open, and food, lodging, a fresh horse, and money even were free to the guest whether friend or stranger. No white man had to concern himself greatly with work, and even school books were a thing apart. Music, games, dancing and sprightly conversation — these were the occupations of the time — these constituted education. Also men and women were much in the open. All were expert horsemen, could throw...
Page 24 - ... another class of high winds experienced at San Francisco, namely, the north-northeast winds of November, December, and occasionally January. These winds are different from the northwest winds of summer and are distinctly mountain winds. The highest wind velocity recorded in San Francisco, 64 miles from the northeast, occurred on November 30, 1906. The most prevalent high wind of winter is from the southwest, closely followed by the southeast. The latter is the well-known wind preceding winter...
Page 195 - This task was to construct and erect ' a powerful telescope, superior to and more powerful than any telescope ever yet made, with all the machinery appertaining thereto and appropriately connected therewith * * * * and also a suitable observatory.
Page 78 - The oils of the Coalinga district are believed to have been derived from two different sources, namely, the organic shales forming the uppermost member of the Chico (Upper Cretaceous) and those described as the upper portion of the Tejon (Eocene). It is believed that the oil originated from the organic matter, both vegetable and animal, once contained in these beds. The shales are composed in large part of the tests of...
Page 11 - No white man had to concern himself greatly with work, and even school books were a thing apart. Music, games, dancing, and sprightly conversation — these were the occupations of the time — these constituted education. Also, men and women were much in the open; all were expert horsemen, could throw a lasso, and shoot unerringly, even the women, accomplishments which fitted their type of life, and made hunting a general pastime. When foreign ships came, there were balls and the gayest of festivals,...

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