The Metropolitan Volume 1

The Metropolitan Volume 1

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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. 1835 edition. Excerpt: ... Metropolitan Magazine. New Selna, Cocos' Isles, July 8th, 1834. Sir; Having lately seen in the Singapore Chronicle, some extracts from an article in your Magazine for September 1833, on the Cocos' Islands, I beg to submit to you the following remarks, being, in part, corrective of some errors into which your correspondent, the author of the article, may have been led by a hurried visit, or by incorrect information. The islands--the body of which is situated in 12 9' S. lat. and about 97 5' E. Ion.--are apparently of very considerable age. reckoning from the period when the I billows of ocean first began to break upon the wall on which they are elevated. Portions of the debris pro-! duced by the incessant actions of those billows must have slidden downwards upon the outside, as well as j other portions been thrown upwards and inwards, and hence, it is likely, originated the slope, which exists all round the exterior of the wall to such an extent as to afford anchorage in case of emergency at a safe dis-j tance beyond the breakers. This circle, and probably all the circles of coral isles which exist in these oceans, ! seem to be founded upon the walls of the craters of submarine volcanoes. This opinion is sanctioned by j our having experienced, on May 25th, 1829, an earthquake of considerable strength and duration--by the net of Keeling's Isle, or the N. Coco, which lies detached fourteen miles N. ofthis group, being laid upon aebase of black basalt and volcanic claystone--and by j fragments of these substances being occasionally found on the beaches of the group. Reasoning, indeed, from the phenomena presented by the isle of St. Paul in the S. Indian ocean, we are led to infer, that lory; after a submarine volcano has burst, and adopted the water..show more

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  • Paperback | 568 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 29mm | 1,002g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236511905
  • 9781236511904