Manual of modern geography, mathematical, physical, and political

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W. Blackwood & Sons, 1861 - 676 páginas

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Página 10 - ... but every place is supposed to have a meridian passing through it, and when the sun comes to that meridian it is noon or mid-day at that place. The longitude of a place is its distance east or west from the first meridian, or the one from which we agree to count.
Página 383 - ... as seeing Him who is invisible ; " here their offspring were held in bondage, and the power of the Divine arm, working in their behalf, was revealed ; — here was situated that "good land" which the Most High had kept in reserve for His peculiar people, " when He divided to the nations their inheritance, and separated the sons of Adam...
Página 114 - French is spoken in the Channel Isles,— the only portion of Normandy now belonging to the English Crown, to which they have remained attached ever since the Conquest. Religious Belief. — Christianity is professed, under some one or other of its forms, by nearly all the population of the British Isles...
Página 4 - The squares of the times of revolution of any two planets are to each other, in the same proportion as the cubes of their mean distances from the sun.
Página 335 - ... are exposed. They are especially frequent in the Alps, owing to the steepness of their declivities, but they are also known in other mountain regions, as in the Pyrenees and in Norway. They originate in the higher region of the mountains, when the accumulation of snow becomes so great that the inclined plane on which the mass rests cannot any longer support it. It...
Página 555 - I saw with infinite pleasure the great object of my mission — the long sought for majestic Niger, glittering to the morning sun, as broad as the Thames at Westminster, and flowing slowly to the eastward. I hastened to the brink, and, having drank of the water, lifted up my fervent thanks in prayer to the Great Ruler of all things, for having thus far crowned my endeavours with success.
Página 28 - They blow for six months of the year in one direction, and for the other six in an opposite one ; the change occurring about the 15th April and the 15th October.
Página 21 - Increasing its latitude 10°, it loses but 2° of temperature ; and, after having run three thousand miles toward the north, it still preserves, even in winter, the heat of summer. With this temperature, it crosses the 40th degree of north latitude, and there, overflowing its liquid banks, it spreads itself out for thousands of square leagues over the cold waters around...
Página 140 - Pamir, 15,600 feet above the sea, & enters the sea of Aral on its S. side by numerous mouths. Total course estimated at 1,300 m. OYAPOK, a river of S. America, separating French...
Página 21 - With this temperature, it crosses the 40th degree of north latitude, and there, overflowing its liquid banks, it spreads itself out for thousands of square leagues over the cold waters around, and covers the ocean with a mantle of warmth that serves so much to mitigate in Europe the rigors of winter.

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