Hardwicke's Science-gossip: An Illustrated Medium of Interchange and Gossip for Students and Lovers of Nature, Volume 10

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Mordecai Cubitt Cooke, John Ellor Taylor
Robert Hardwicke, 1874 - Natural history
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Page 2 - parsnips are often beat up with potatoes and a little butter ; of this excellent mess the children of the peasantry are very fond, and they do not fail to thrive upon it." From the same authority we learn that in the north of Ireland an agreeable beverage is prepared from the roots brewed with hops. In...
Page 15 - ... range, as if they had flowed in some cases for several miles from their point of eruption. Their general microscopic appearance is also very different from that of such old basalts as those of South Stafford and some of those of Carboniferous age in Scotland. On the whole, while believing that in some cases the lavas in question were true basalts, the author was inclined to regard most of them as occupying an intermediate place between felsitic and doleritic lavas ; and as the...
Page 15 - Felsidolerites, answering in position to the modern Trachy-dolerites. A detailed examination of Cumbrian ash-rocks had convinced the author that in many cases most intense metamorphism had taken place, that the finer ashy material had been partially melted down, and a kind of streaky flow caused around the larger fragments. There was every transition from an ash-rock in which a bedded or fragmentary structure was clearly visible, to an exceedingly close and flinty felstone-liko rock, undistinguishable...
Page 9 - The insects which meet their death in this fluid are numerous and of all orders. Ants are the principal victims, and the acidulous properties which their decomposing bodies give to the liquid doubtless render it all the more potent as a solvent. Scarcely any other Hymenoptera are found in the rotting mass, and it is an interesting fact that Dr.
Page 15 - ... proceeded more rapidly, and these cavities were more generally imprisoned than at the earlier stages of crystallization. In the example of the lava of 1794, where the leucite crystals were further apart, this peculiar arrangement of cavities was almost unknown. The third part of the paper dealt with the lavas and ashes of North Wales; and the author thought that the following points were established : — 1. Specimens of lava from the Arans, the Arenigs, and Snowdon and its neighbourhood, all...
Page 8 - Fly-traps (Dioiura), the Sun-dews (Drosera) and the Trumpet-leaves (Sarracenia) have always attracted the attention of the curious, but renewed interest has been awakened in them by virtue of the interesting experiments and observations on their structure, habit and function, that have lately been recorded, and especially by the summing up of these observations in some charming papers by Prof. Asa Gray, which recently appeared in The Nation and The Nav York Tribune, under the title of

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