Europe Volume 2

Europe 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. 1885 edition. Excerpt: ...the highly varied outline, with its fringe of mountainous islands, agreeing in its general character with that of the sea-board of Asia Minor lying opposite to it on the east, suggests the idea that the present distribution of land and water in this region is due to a comparatively recent submergence. Along the Dalmatian coast this subsidence seems to be still going on; and although in Greece and in the greater part of Asia Minor, as well as the Black Sea coast of the peninsula, the most recent variations in the coast-line appear to have been due to movements of upheaval, there can be little doubt that, for example, in the deep gulfs of Koron, Marathonisi, and Nauplia, running up between the rocky peninsulas on the south, we have simply the lower parts of submerged land-valleys. The longest inlet, that of the Gulf of Corinth or Lepanto, runs for more than 100 miles up between the peninsula of the Morea and the mainland; and it is a curious and interesting fact that this inlet bears a close resemblance to many of the Norwegian fiords, not only in its outline but also in the position of its deeper and shallower soundings, being deepest towards its upper end and shallower at and near its mouth. Possibly this may be due to the deposition of a relatively large amount of sediment in the sheltered waters where it opens into the Ionian Sea behind the islands of Cephalonia and Zante. From the Gulf of iEgina, or the Saronic Gulf on the east, this inlet is separated only by the narrow isthmus of Corinth, the piercing of which by a canal has long been a favourite idea with rulers and engineers. In ancient times a canal was actually commenced by Nero, though it was never completed, and of late years the project has been revived with more promise of...show more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 340g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123656880X
  • 9781236568809