The Mediterranean; A Memoir Physical, Historical, and Nautical

The Mediterranean; A Memoir Physical, Historical, and Nautical

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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. 1854 edition. Excerpt: ...force and direction can want of only be inferred. Nor is it easy to obtain accuracy at such times with respect to the course of the gales, for the air is wafted over the high and precipitous lands of Acarnania, Epirus, and the islands, each giving a direction to it; and this direction naturally varies, according to the angle of incidence corresponding to the surfaces against which they strike in their progress. More. The climate of the Morea differs more with its localities than its area would lead one to suppose; but the aspect of its mountains and valleys, with the varied exposure to seawinds, accounts for the difference between the amenity of its maritime situations and that of the rugged mountains of Arcadia, where the atmosphere is more keen and cold, besides being occasionally very foggy. The north-east wind is clear and sharp, and is generally attended with fine weather; but at times blows with great violence, and is severely felt as the Gregale in Malta. Electric The whole of the Ionian Sea is subject to intense agency.. lightning, especially in the neighbourhood of Corfu, where the Acroceraunian 'infames scopuli' sufficiently prove the justice of that classic designation. The production of free electricity during the conversion of water into steam is well known to be rapid and abundant: in like manner, while the solar heat is converting into vapour the moisture of the earth, electricity is largely disengaged during the process. Slightly-liberated electricity produces lambent or phosphoric flames, which are unattended with danger; but when an overloaded atmosphere is animated by opposite powers and driven by antagonistic currents, the ferment and explosion of the elements are exhibited in fury, and the coruscations of fierce fluid matter...
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  • Paperback | 186 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 340g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236647904
  • 9781236647900