The Earth; A Descriptive History of the Phenomena of the Life of the Globe Volume 2

The Earth; A Descriptive History of the Phenomena of the Life of the Globe Volume 2

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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. 1871 edition. Excerpt: ...their old lame guardian-birds, contemplate the waves from the top of all the ledges of rock, whilst the parents go to fish in the Bear, Weber, and Jordan rivers, all of which abound in fish. Not a tree grows upon the shores of the lake nor in the adjacent plains; the only vegetation to be seen far and wide is tufts of Artemisia, and other plants which delight in a soil impregnated with saline substances. The line of separation between the water and dry ground is generally undecided; it is impossible to tell where the shore begins or where the lake ends, as so much of the shore presents muddy banks upon which the water spreads in thin sheets and drifts about its flaky foam. Higher up the shore the mud dries in the sun and peels off in scales, which have the appearance of leather; sulphureous exhalations escape from cracks in the soil and diffuse an intolerable odour in the air. On the western side vast plains, nearly as level as the surface of the water, extend between the lake and a range of distant mountains. During some of the summer months these plains, which are crossed by rivulets loaded with chemical substances, are covered by an immense sheet of crystalline salt split up into innumerable furrows produced by contraction of the soil. Whenever rain falls, or even when the air is simply charged with moisture, the salt becomes deliquescent, and nothing is to be seen but an expanse of blackish clay, into which beasts of burden sink at every step they make. Formerly the Great Salt Lake, like all other inland seas saturated with salt, spread over a much more considerable area. The parallel basins of the plateau of Utah, and the lateral valleys which run into them, were the gulfs, bays, and straits of the inland sea. At a great height above...show more

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  • Paperback | 120 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 227g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236778871
  • 9781236778871