Cosmos; A Sketch of a Physical Description of the Universe Volume 3-5
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. 1897 edition. Excerpt: ...afi'orded by the study of the physical world; or, in other words, to group phenomena in such a manner as to facilitate our insight into their causal connection, general clearness and lucidity can only be secured where special details--more particularly in the long and successfully cultivated fields of observation---are not separated from the higher points of view of cosmical unity. The telluric sphere, as opposed to the uranological, is separable into two portions, namely, the inorganic and the organic departments. The former comprises the size, form, and density of our terrestrial planet; its intcrnal heat; its electro-magnetic activity; the mineral constitution of the carth's crust; the reaction of the interior of the planet on its outer surface which acts dynamically by producing earthquakes, and chemically by rock-forming, and rock-metamorphosing processes; the partial covering of the solid surface by the liquid e1ement--the ocean; the contour and articulation of the upheaved earth into continents and islands; and, lastly, the general external gaseous investment (the atmosphere). The second or organic domain comprises not the individual forms of life which we have considered in the Delineation of Nature, but the relations in space which they bear to the solid and fluid parts of the carth's surface, the geography of plants and animals, and the descent of the races and varieties of man, from one common, primary stock. This division into two domains belongs, to a certain extent, to the ancients, who separated from the vital phenomena of plants and animals such material processes as change of form and the transition of matter from one body to another. In the almost total deficiency of all means for increasing the powers of...
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