Journal of Researches Into the Natural History and Geology of the Countries Visited During the Voyage of H.M.S. Beagle Round the World Under the Command of Capt. Fitz Roy

Journal of Researches Into the Natural History and Geology of the Countries Visited During the Voyage of H.M.S. Beagle Round the World Under the Command of Capt. Fitz Roy

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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. 1873 edition. Excerpt: ...it consists of one long, straggling street, which runs parallel to the beach, and wherever a ravine comes down, the houses are piled up on each side of it. The rounded hills, being only partially protected by a very scanty vegetation, are worn into numberless little gullies, which expose a singularly bright red soil. From this cause, and from the low whitewashed houses with tile subject has late!y been treated excellently by Mr. Hayes, in the Boslon Journal (o. iv. p. 426). The author does not appear aware of a case published by me (Geographical Journal, vol. ix. p. 5:28), of a gigantic boulder embedded in an iceberg in the Antarctic Ocean, almost certainly one hundred mill's distant I'rom any land, and perhaps much more distant. In the Appendix I have discussed at k-.igth, the probability (at rbat time hardly thought of) of icebergs, when stranded, grooving and polishing rocks, like glaciers. This is now a very commonly received cpiuion; and 1 cannot still avoid the suspicion that it is applicable even to such cascn as that of the Jura. Dr. R'chardsoo has assured me, that th'? icebergs off North America push Ix-'fore them pebbles and sand, and leave the submarine rocky t!ats quita bare: it is hardly possible to doubt that such ledges must Imj polished and scored in the direction of the set of the prevailing currents. Since writing that Appendix, I have seen in North Wales (London Phil. Mag., vol. xxi. p. 18JJ the adjoining action of glai'k-rs and of tioating icebergs. 1834.J BAY OF VALPARAISO. 253 roofs, the view reminded me of St. Cruz in Teneriffe. In a north-easterly direction there are some fine glimpses of the Andes: but these mountains appear much grander when viewed from the neighbouring hills; the great distance at which they are...show more

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  • Paperback | 190 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 349g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236673026
  • 9781236673022