Earth and Sea; From the French of Louis Figuier

Earth and Sea; From the French of Louis Figuier

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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. 1870 edition. Excerpt: The masonry of a well in one of the convents was made to resemble, through this circumstance, a tower of 70 to 90 feet in height, somewhat diverging from the perpendicular. The falling-in of the town and hills, by closing up the channel of a small stream, and that of a copious spring which welled out at the bottom of the gorge, formed a couple of lakes, whose stagnant waters, loaded with carcasses and organic deposits of every description, disseminated infection through the whole country, and destroyed, with putrid fevers, those of the population who had escaped the disasters of the earthquake. Considerable landslips occurred in the neighbourhood, on the border of the valleys; the entire plain which lay in front of the town was hollowed with gaps and crevasses; in certain parts there was not an inch of soil which could be regarded as firm and solid ground. The village of Moluquello, situated opposite Terranova, and on the same level, upon a small platform hemmed in by two rivers which flowed between the two valleys, met with the same fate as Terranova. One part of the village fell into the right-hand valley, the other into that on the left-hand; so that of the former site of Moluquello there remained only a ridge, like an ass's backbone, which was so narrow that you could not walk along it. Surely this statement requires to be taken cum grano salit.J Oppido, a considerable town, was built on the summit of an isolated mountain, whose escarpments were very steep, and its declivities exceedingly rapid. The town was completely demolished by the earthquake; not a hand's-breadth of wall was left standing. However, the soil of the mountain did not yield; only a kind of citadel or stronghold, which commanded the valley, fell into the lower more

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  • Paperback | 244 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 13mm | 440g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236574176
  • 9781236574176