Abstracts of the Proceedings of the Ashmolean Society Volume 1

Abstracts of the Proceedings of the Ashmolean Society Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1844 edition. Excerpt: ...and the point that principally deserves consideration is, why the effect has been so partial, occurring only here and in a few other places, though the sand-stone itself is diffused over so wide a space. Perhaps its looser texture, arising from the more scanty presence of the cementing ingredient, coupled with some peculiarity of local position, must be the cause assigned. One of the most remarkable points was the sight of a solitary fir or two, perched on the summits of most of these isolated and perfectly inaccessible pyramids of stone. It would be attributing a marvellous rapidity to the action of water on such rocks, if we supposed the trees now growing there to have been the cause that cracked them while the masses were still continuous, or at least eaten into only to a slight depth. We must therefore suppose that the trees of the aboriginal forest left the seeds which have in many instances sprung up into fresh trees, which is remarkable from the very scanty covering of soil from which their roots can have drawn nourishment, and the porous nature of the sand-stone, which must leave but little water in the pinnacles of rock on which they grow. A conversation ensued on the subjects of both papers, in which Dr. Buckland and various other members took a MAY 8. Professor Rigaud in the Chair. The following gentlemen were elected members: Francis Popham, Esq. B. A. All Souls; John Griffiths, Esq. B. A. Ch. Ch. Mr. Bigge read a paper on the growth of the Salmonidae, and especially of the common trout, from observations made chiefly on trout kept in the stew of General Popham at Littlecote. The following is a table shewing the weight of the trout on which the observations were made: " Sent to Mr. Yarrel. 1-Sent to Mr Selby It should be...show more

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  • Paperback | 90 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 177g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236739221
  • 9781236739223