College Physiography

College Physiography

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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. 1914 edition. Excerpt: accompanying strange noises described by Shaler as follows: "There came from the earth a wonderful thundering, or bellowing noise, loud enough to startle people from sleep, even when they had long been used to it. Many believed that it was the Evil One himself, raving in his empire beneath the earth, and threatening to burst it asunder in his rage." Sounds accompanying earthquakes, and coming from underground sources, are reported as occurring in association with many earthquakes. The shock of 1755 was most violent near Boston, and is reported to have been strong enough to throw people from their feet, but little destruction was accomplished by it. In 1811-1812 there occurred a series of violent shocks in the lower Mississippi valley, commonly referred to as the New Madrid earthquake. The region (Fig. 286) now embracing parts of northern Arkansas, southern Missouri, and western Kentucky and Tennessee, was sparsely settled, and, therefore, little destruction was accom Fig. 286.--Map showing as much as is known of the area affected by the New Madrid earthquakes in 1811-1812, and comparison with four 'other great seismic disturbances in North America. plished, though some of these shocks were evidently of the world-shaking order. The first shock occurred on the night of December 16, 18u, and from that time till March 16,1812, there were 1874 recorded shocks, of which eight were of the first order of violence, the most violent being February 7. These earthquakes were so violent that they were felt throughout eastern United States. The ground opened in long fissures, and water spouted out of them to heights as great as 40 feet. A large area of country was depressed, and is still called the " sunk country," while lakes still exist...
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  • Paperback | 308 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 16mm | 553g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123662288X
  • 9781236622884