A history of the earth, and animated nature, Volume 1

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T. T. Ash, 1823 - Physical geography
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Page 253 - I scarce could turn to fall upon the ground, with my head to the northward, when I felt the heat of its current plainly upon my face. We all lay flat on the ground, as if dead, till Idris told us it was blown over. The meteor or purple haze which...
Page 53 - It seemed to import that one Antipater, in the time of Alexander, had come hither; but whether he penetrated into the depths of the cavern, he does not think fit to inform us.
Page 70 - ... feet higher than my head as I stood upon the brink: but, there being little or no wind, they fell back perpendicularly into the crater, increasing the conical hill. The other mouth to the right was lower in the side of the same new-formed hill.
Page 41 - It is this alone, oi- all the elements around us, that is never found an enemy to man. The body of waters deluge him with rains, oppress him with hail, and drown him with inundations: The air rushes in storms, prepares the tempest, or lights up the volcano: But the earth, gentle and indulgent, ever subservient to the wants of man, spreads his walks with flowers, and his table with plenty; returns with interest every good...
Page 134 - He first established the truth, that a body plunged in a fluid loses as much of its weight as is equal to the weight of an equal volume of the fluid!
Page 282 - ... from the size of a pin's head to that of a pea ; scattered through a large body of sand or clay ; and in this state it is called by the Mandingoes sanoo munko,
Page 211 - ... into the cavity of a rock, against which he himself was urged in his descent This account, however, did not satisfy the king's curiosity ; being requested to venture once more into the gulf for further discoveries, he at first refused ; but the king, desirous of having the most exact information possible of all things to be found in the gulf, repeated his solicitations ; and to give them still greater weight, produced a larger cup than the former, and added also a purse of gold. Upon these considerations,...
Page 105 - Our gloves were indeed some defence to our hands, but our faces were entirely exposed ; nor were our clothes a sufficient defence for the rest of our bodies, for their stings penetrating through the cloth, caused a very painful and fiery itching.
Page 351 - ... rise and are dressed with a shake, but the reverse is true ; for no birth-night beauty takes more time or pains in the adorning her person than they. I remember, when the Cherokee kings were over here, that I have waited for three hours during the time they were dressing. They never would venture to make their appearance till they had gone through the tedious ceremonies of the toilet: they had their boxes of oil and ochre, their fat and their perfumes...
Page 287 - The whirlwind, the inundation, and all the asperities of the air, are peculiarly terrible to man, who knows their consequences, and at a distance dreads their approach. The earth itself, where human art has not pervaded, puts on a frightful gloomy appearance. The forests are dark and tangled; the meadows overgrown with rank weeds; and the brooks stray without a determined channel.

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