Outlines of Physical Geography

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Sheldon & Company, 1867 - 112 ページ
 

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60 ページ - For the land, whither thou goest in to possess it, is not as the land of Egypt, from whence ye came out, where thou sowedst thy seed, and wateredst it with thy foot, as a garden of herbs : but the land, whither ye go to possess it, is a land of hills and valleys, and drinketh water of the rain of heaven...
10 ページ - Hudson, the Green Mountains of Vermont, and the White Mountains of New Hampshire.
8 ページ - ... invisible. These animals are of a great variety of shapes and sizes, and in such prodigious numbers, that, in a short time, the whole surface of the rock appears to be alive and in motion. The most common worm is in the form of...
82 ページ - The human animal is the only one which is naked, and the only one which can clothe itself. This is one of the properties which renders him an animal of all climates, and of all seasons. He can adapt the warmth or lightness of his covering to the temperature of his habitation.
24 ページ - The area over which this upraising took place was estimated at one hundred thousand square miles : the rise upon the coast was from two to four feet ; at the distance of a mile inland, it was estimated from five to seven feet.
51 ページ - It comes on indiscriminately at any hour of the day, at any time of the tide, or at any period of the moon, continuing sometimes only a day or two, at other times five or six days, and it has been known to last upwards of a fortnight.
23 ページ - But the extraordinary volume of melted matter produced in this eruption deserves the particular attention of the geologist. Of the two branches, which flowed in nearly opposite directions, the greatest was fifty, and the lesser forty, miles in length. The extreme breadth which the Skapta branch attained in the low countries was from twelve to fifteen miles, that of the other about seven. The ordinary height of both currents was one hundred feet, but in narrow defiles it sometimes amounted to * Henderson's...
23 ページ - Iceland, for their history reaches as far back as the ninth century of our era ; and from the beginning of the twelfth century, there is clear evidence that, during the whole period, there has never been an interval of more than forty, and very rarely one of twenty years, without either an eruption or a great earthquake. So intense is the energy of the volcanic action in this region, that some eruptions of Heel a have lasted six years without ceasing.
8 ページ - But this growth being as rapid at the upper edge as it is lower down, the steepness of the face of the reef is still preserved.
8 ページ - The growth of coral appears to cease when the worm is no longer exposed to the washing of the sea. Thus, a reef rises in the form of a cauliflower, till its top has gained the level of the highest tides, above which the worm has no power to advance, and the reef of course no longer extends itself upwards. The...

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