Forest Culture and Eucalyptus Trees

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Cubery, 1876 - Eucalyptus - 237 pages
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Page 116 - To sit on rocks, to muse o'er flood and fell, To slowly trace the forest's shady scene, Where things that own not man's dominion dwell, And mortal foot hath ne'er or rarely been ; To climb the trackless mountain all unseen, With the wild flock that never needs a fold ; Alone o'er steeps and foaming falls to lean ; This is not solitude ; 'tis but to hold Converse with Nature's charms, and view her stores unroll'd.
Page 6 - There are parts of Asia Minor, of Northern Africa, of Greece, and even of Alpine Europe, where the operation of causes set in action by man has brought the face of the earth to a desolation almost as complete as that of the moon; and though, within that brief space of time which we call "the historical period...
Page 6 - ... they are known to have been covered with luxuriant woods, verdant pastures and fertile meadows, they are now too far deteriorated to be reclaimable by man ; nor can they become again fitted for human use, except through great geological changes, or other mysterious influences or agencies of which we have no present knowledge, and over which we have no prospective control.
Page 18 - The tree is, among evergreen trees, of unparalleled rapid growth, and attains exceptionally a height of 300 feet, furnishing a first-class wood. Ship-builders can get keels of this timber 120 feet long ; besides this they use it extensively for planking and many other parts of the ship. Experiments on the strength of various woods, instituted by Mr.
Page 7 - The preservation of forests is one of the first interests of society, and consequently one of the first duties of Government.
Page 6 - The earth is fast becoming an unfit home for its noblest inhabitant, and another era of equal human crime and human improvidence, and of like duration with that through which traces of that crime and...
Page 193 - Cunninghami to gain a height of 200 feet, and a circumference of 23 feet. " It is not at all likely that, in these isolated inquiries, chance has led to the really highest trees, which the most secluded and the least accessible spots may still conceal. It seems, however, almost beyond dispute, that the trees of Australia rival in length, though evidently not in thickness, even the renowned forestgiants of California...
Page 116 - I regard the forest as an heritage, given to us by Nature, not for spoil or to devastate, but to be wisely used, reverently honored, and carefully maintained. I regard the forest as a gift entrusted to...
Page 28 - A test of strength has been made between some Blue Gum, English Oak, and Indian Teak. The Blue Gum carried 14 Ibs.
Page 8 - ... influence which they exert upon the atmosphere. " Large forests deaden and break the force of heavy winds that beat out the seeds and injure the growth of plants ; they form reservoirs of moisture ; they shelter the...

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