Rudiments of Geology

W. and R. Chambers, 1845 - 222 páginas

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Página 283 - On the proud crest of Satan, that no sight, Nor motion of swift thought, less could his shield Such ruin intercept. Ten paces huge He back recoiled ; the tenth on bended knee His massy spear upstayed : as if on earth Winds under ground, or waters forcing way Sidelong, had pushed a mountain from his seat, Half sunk with all his pines.
Página 314 - As a huge stone is sometimes seen to lie Couched on the bald top of an eminence ; Wonder to all who do the same espy, By what means it could thither come, and whence; So that it seems a thing endued with sense : Like a sea-beast crawled forth, that on a shelf Of rock or sand reposeth, there to sun itself...
Página 185 - ... 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...
Página 88 - With regard to the atmosphere, also, we infer, that had it differed materially from its actual condition, it might have so far affected the rays of light that a corresponding difference from the eyes of existing Crustaceans would have been found in the organs on which the impressions of such rays were then received. Regarding light itself, also, we learn, from the resemblance of these most ancient...
Página 185 - ... the tide reaches every day, it is found to be full of worms of different lengths and colours, some being as fine as a thread, and several feet long, of a bright yellow, and sometimes of a blue colour.
Página 192 - Part of the bed of the sea, says Mrs. Graham, remained bare and dry at high water, " with beds of oysters, muscles, and other shells, adhering to the rocks on which they grew, the fish being all dead, and exhaling most offensive effluvia...
Página 185 - 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.
Página 243 - Edinburgh," on the Vertical Position and Convolutions of certain Strata, and their relations with Granite, broached that theory of lateral pressure applied by some unknown force outside the area of the foldings themselves, which is still regarded as the best yet originated on...

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