Hot Lakes, Volcanoes, and Geysers of New Zealand, with Legends

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Dinwiddie, Walker & Company, 1888 - Hot springs - 81 pages
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Page 46 - In some places the sides of the crater were perpendicular and fell with a sheer descent, while in others they were more disturbed and broken. At the bottom of the crater there were scattered about huge rocky ridges, from the large crevices and fissures of which enormous jets of steam burst forth with a roaring, screeching noise, which echoed from the depths below like the waitings of the condemned. Hot springs sent up streams of boiling water, which ran over the rocks and then lost themselves in...
Page 49 - ... coiling jets of vapour. Miniature cones of dark, smoking mud rose up in every direction, while around all was a seething, fused mass of almost molten matter, which appeared to require just one or two degrees more of heat to transform it into a lake of liquid lava. In every direction were large deposits of pure yellow sulphur, some of which assumed a rock-like formation ; at other places it formed a crust over the steaming earth, and where the thermal action was less intense, the glittering yellow...
Page 12 - ... of stiff green bayonet-blades, Great bunches of white bloom upbore, Like blocks of seawashed madrepore, That steeped the noon in fragrance wide, Till by the exceeding sweet opprest The stately tree-fern leaned aside For languor, with its starry crown Of radiating fretted fans, And proudly-springing beauteous crest Of shoots all brown with glistening down, Curved like the lyre-bird's tail half-spread, Or necks opposed of wrangling swans, Red bill to bill — black breast to breast — Aye!
Page 8 - Now let an inhabitant of Australia sail to New Zealand, a distance of less than thirteen hundred miles, and he will find himself in a country whose productions are totally unlike those of his own. Kangaroos and wombats there are none, the birds are almost all entirely new, insects are very scarce and quite unlike the handsome or strange Australian forms, while even the vegetation is all changed, and no gum-tree, or wattle, or grass-tree meets the traveller's eye.
Page 44 - ... in the year, and are obtained in such abundance as to yield an ample supply both for daily use and to preserve for other seasons. These small fish are caught, where streams enter the lake, with fine-meshed nets woven of green flax. Several bushels of them are frequently caught at one time, and are immediately piled on hot stones, and covered with mats and earth for half an hour or so, in the usual manner of Maori cookery, but without the addition of any water. Thus prepared, if not for immediate...
Page 12 - Bata (a vegetable boa constrictor) coil round every stem, run up every limb, glide from head to head, and entwine the topmost branches of a dozen trees in fifty Gordian knots. The Underwood, consists of these creepers and of an equally dense growth of young saplings, mixed with forest shrubs ; such as the delicate lady's hair, the Kopakopa, an elegant plumy fern, the Nikau and many others. And such is the closeness of the growth...
Page 45 - At 6950 feet we found enormous icicles adhering to the rocks ; the lava ridge, up which we had with great difficulty kept our course, became very steep and rugged, while the climbing was exceedingly difficult and tiring. The mass of dark, black lava stood out in some places like a huge wall, and while on one side the thermometer marked 48 deg.
Page 44 - inanga." but which are chiefly of the species now referred to, form the food of the natives for many months in the year, and are obtained in such abundance as to yield an ample supply both for daily use and to preserve for other seasons. These small fish are caught, where streams enter the lake, with fine-meshed nets woven of green flax. Several bushels of them are frequently caught at one time, and are immediately piled on hot stones, and covered with mats and earth for half an hour or so, in the...

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