The American Museum or Repository of Ancient and Modern Fugitive Pieces, Prose and Poetical Volume 3

The American Museum or Repository of Ancient and Modern Fugitive Pieces, Prose and Poetical Volume 3

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1788 edition. Excerpt: ...seems to rife out of the sea to meet it, attended with a violent ebullition or perturbation at the surface. Again, in others the appearance is compared to smoke ascending visibly as through the funnel of a chimney, either directly, or with a spiral motion, which, according to the fancies of some, resembles the ascent of water in the screw of Archimedes; by supposing something similar to which in the atmosphere, they have endeavoured to account for the rise of the water from the sea in a water-spout. v To which I would add, that, from the relations of some persons who use the sea, with whom I have conversed upon the subject, I find that it is no uncommon thing, during a calm below, and a serene sky above, to observe at the distance of two or three leagues, a small cloud hovering in the air, from whence the commencing spout seems to dart downward to the sea, upon which the usual phenomena take place in their order. I have also been informed (and to information I must trust, having never been at sea) that it is common, during these appearance?, for (hips to fail, even within hail of each other, with different winds; and within the limits of the fame visible horizon, with contrary winds: and lastly, that the rife and progress of this phenomenon is sometimes so rapid, that, even in a serene &y, a few minutes will be sufficient to generate a cloud from one of these spouts, and to discharge from thenc a heavy shower of rain. Before I proceed to attempt a philosophical solution of these curious productions of nature, in which the two principal fluids of our globe, air and water, are largely concerned; it may be necessary to make some observations upon the nature and properties of fluids in general, as such. 1. No fluid can be at rest unless every...show more

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  • Paperback | 330 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 18mm | 590g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236513533
  • 9781236513533