Light Science for Leisure Hours: A Series of Familiar Essays on Scientific Subjects ...

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D. Appleton, 1887 - 343 páginas
 

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Página 135 - Often one half of a vessel may be perceived floating in Gulf Stream water, while the other half is in common water of the sea, so sharp is the line and such the want of affinity between those waters, and such too the reluctance, so to speak, on the part of those of the Gulf Stream to mingle with the common water of the sea.
Página 192 - ... weight, expanded in this manner : it appeared sometimes Bright and sometimes dark and spotted, as it was more or less impregnated with earth and cinders.
Página 192 - I cannot give you a more exact description of its figure than by resembling it to that of a pine-tree ; for it shot up a great height in the form of a trunk, which extended itself at the top into a sort of branches...
Página 195 - Being got at a convenient distance from the houses, we stood still, in the midst of a most dangerous and dreadful scene. The chariots which we had ordered to be drawn out, were so agitated backwards and forwards, though upon the most level ground, that we could not keep them steady, even by supporting them with large stones. The sea seemed to roll back upon itself, and to be driven from its banks by the convulsive motion of the earth ; it is certain at least the shore was considerably enlarged, and...
Página 251 - I have seen the wild stone-avalanches of the Alps, which smoke and thunder down the declivities with a vehemence almost sufficient to stun the observer. I have also seen snow-flakes descending so softly as not to hurt the fragile spangles of which they were composed ; yet to produce, from aqueous vapour, a quantity of that tender material which a child could carry...
Página 173 - Bermudas, two line-of-battle ships went down at sea, and upward of twenty thousand persons lost their lives on the land. So tremendous was the force of this hurricane (Captain Maury tells us) that " the bark was blown from the trees, and the fruits of the earth destroyed ; the very bottom and depths of the sea were uprooted — forts and castles were washed away, and their great guns carried in the air like chaff...
Página 192 - He was at that time with the fleet under his command at Misenum. On the 24th of August, about one in the afternoon, my mother desired him to observe a cloud which appeared of a very unusual size and shape. He had just returned from taking the benefit of the sun*, and after bathing himself in cold water, and taking a slight repast, was retired to his study.

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