Land, Sea and Sky; Or, Wonders of Life and Nature, Tr. from the Germ. [Die Erde Und Ihr Organisches Leben] of H.J. Klein and Dr. Thome, by J. Minshull

Land, Sea and Sky; Or, Wonders of Life and Nature, Tr. from the Germ. [Die Erde Und Ihr Organisches Leben] of H.J. Klein and Dr. Thome, by J. Minshull

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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. 1881 edition. Excerpt: ...south of Obdorsk, but there is an abundance of fine hips and haws (rasa acicularis). The time of berry gathering, says Finsch, is for the girls and women of Obdorsk what the vintage is in other lands. The work is carried on with merry songs, while the men are busy getting in the hay, of which large quantities are obtained from the rich meadows on the left bank of the Polni. This was not the case in Kawalski's time; that is, in the year 1848. The northern forests are beautiful, but silent; only solitary bullfinches, fieldfare, hedge-sparrows, heath-cocks, and a few other birds are heard within them; while the quadrupeds which enliven their wild solitudes are, besides many valuable fur-bearing animals, the tamias striatus, a little creature resembling a squirrel, fox wolf, bear, elk (near the river basin of the Lena), and reindeer; and in the summer season the insect world is represented by the dreaded swarms of gnats. Pine, fir, larch, and juniper are found in all their varieties within the coniferous forests; pinus cembra, pinus silvestris, abies sibirica, picea obovata, larix sibirica, juniperus communis, juniperus nana, and jiiniperns sabina. The junipers form the undergrowth of the great pine forests. The pinus cembra, which is found in masses in the central districts, is only met with in solitary specimens in the northern and southern frontiers. This tree has a great influence on the life of the squirrel; for when its cones fail, the animals are forced to set out on their migrations. Among us the squirrel is a stationary animal, whose travels scarcely extend farther than from one end of their wood to the other, but in Siberia it undertakes every year perilous journeys across treeless spaces, over lofty mountains, and even swims wide rivers. In..show more

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  • English
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  • 1236565142
  • 9781236565143