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 277 - 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 16 - 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 15 - 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 26 - ... 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 201 - 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 27 - Island . ... In winter, morning fogs, or, as they are commonly called "tule" fogs, frequently occur. These are low-lying banks of condensed vapor formed by cooling due to radiation and contact. The land surfaces are much cooler than the water surfaces, and hence these fogs have a decided motion from the land to the sea. The average number of foggy days is 24 per year. For a detailed description of fog phenomena in the vicinity of San Francisco the reader is referred to special articles in the Monthly...
Page 84 - 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,...
Page 27 - ... special articles in the Monthly Weather Review, the Climatology of California, and the Meteoroogical Charts of the North Pacific Ocean, 1911. In addition to the summer afternoon sea fog, moving from west to east, and the land or tule fog of winter mornings, there is a third kind of fog which may be called smoke fog. Under certain atmospheric conditions the smoke of the city moves seaward during the forenoon and returns about 1 pm as a dense black pall. This is the cause of the so-called dark...

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