Climate and Time in Their Geological Relations: A Theory of Secular Changes of the Earth's Climate

D. Appleton, 1875 - 577 páginas

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Página 331 - ... been removed from the general surface in one year ; and there seems no danger of our overrating the mean rate of waste by selecting the Mississippi as our example, for that river drains a country equal to more than half the continent of Europe, extends through twenty degrees of latitude, and therefore through regions enjoying a great variety of climate, and some of its tributaries descend from mountains of great height. The Mississippi is also more likely to afford us a fair test of ordinary...
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