The Heavens, the Earth, and the Sea, Or, the Hand of God in the Works of Nature

The Heavens, the Earth, and the Sea, Or, the Hand of God in the Works of Nature

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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. 1860 edition. Excerpt: ...describing one which he witnessed in the Macquarie, says, "At length, the rushing sound of waters and loud cracking of timber announced that the flood was in the next bend. It rushed into our sight, glittering in the moonbeams a moving cataract, tossing before it ancient trees, and snapping them against its banks. It was preceded by a point of meandering water, picking its way, like a thing of life, through the deepest parts of the dark, dry, and shady bed of what thus again became a flowing river. The water gradually filled up the channel nearly bank high, while the living cataract travelled onward, much slower than I had expected to see it; so slowly, indeed, that more than an hour after its first arrival the sweet music of the head of the flood was distinctly audible from my tent, as the murmur of waters and the diapason crash of logs travelled slowly through the tortuous windings of the river bed." A land-slip may choke up the gorge of a river, and produce a temporary lake; and the lake may suddenly burst the barrier, and produce a desolating flood. During six months in 1842, the Indus was astonishingly low, as if its supplies had been cut off by a landslip; and then suddenly, without warning or portent, it came down in tremendous torrent as if it were a bursten lake. An eye-witness graphically says, "A murmuring sound was heard from the north-east, among the mountains, which increased until it attracted universal attention, and we began to exclaim, 'What is this murmur? Is it the sound of cannon in the distance? Is Gundgurh bellowing? Is it thunder T' Suddenly some cried out, ' The rivers come!' And I looked and perceived that all the dry channels were already filled, and that the river was...show more

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  • Paperback | 112 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 213g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236778146
  • 9781236778147