Voyage to Corea, and the Island of Loo-Choo

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J. Murray, 1820 - 259 páginas
 

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Página 123 - The examination of a coral reef, during the different stages of one tide, is particularly interesting. When the tide has left it for some time, it becomes dry, and appears to be a compact rock, exceedingly hard and...
Página 124 - ... 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 66 - The sulphuric volcano from which the island takes its name is on the northwest side ; it emits white smoke, and the smell of sulphur is very strong on the lee side of the crater. The cliffs near the volcano are of a pale yellow colour, interspersed with brown streaks: the ground at this place is very rugged, as the strata lie in all directions, and are much broken ; on the top is a thin coat of brown grass. The south end of the island is of considerable height, of a deep...
Página 124 - When the coral is broken, about high-water, it is a solid, hard stone ; but if any part of it be detached at a spot which 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 ; others resemble snails, and some are not unlike lobsters in shape, but soft, and not above two inches long.
Página 255 - My friend, my friend ! To me he gave a fan and a picture of an old man looking up at the sun, drawn, he said, by himself: he probably meant in his picture some allusion to my usual occupation at the observatory. After he had put off in his boat, he called out " Ingeree noo choo sibittee yootoosha," I shall ever remember the English people.
Página 121 - ... than upon the officers. The natives from the first were treated with entire confidence : no watch was ever kept over them, nor were they excluded from any part of the ships; and not only was nothing stolen, but when any thing was lost, nobody even suspected for an instant that it had been taken by them.
Página 125 - 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. The other parts in succession reach the surface, and there stop, forming in time a level field with steep sides all round. The reef, however, continually increases, and, being prevented from growing...
Página 124 - ... which are moved about with a rapid motion in all directions, probably to catch food. Others are so sluggish, that they may be mistaken for pieces of the rock, and are generally of a dark colour, and from four to five inches long, and two or three round.
Página 153 - It was very interesting to observe the care which the natives took of the sick, whom they assisted all the way from the beach to the temple; a number of people attended to support such of them as had barely strength enough to walk. When they were safely lodged, eggs, milk, fowls, and vegetables, were brought to them ; and whenever any of them were tempted by the beauty of the scenery to walk out, several of the natives were ready to accompany them.
Página 124 - Thus a reef rises in the form of a gigantic cauliflower, till its top has gained the level of the highest tides, above which the worm has no power to carry its operations, and the reef, consequently, no longer extends itself upwards.

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