Nature of the Material World Volume 1

Nature of the Material World 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. 1834 edition. Excerpt: ...to the distance of a hundred and fifty yards; for thus far would some of these roots perhaps have travelled in a few years. The male valisneria sails from shore to shore over the water in pursuit of his female. And a multitude of sea-plants float through the ocean, and having plenty of food wherever they go, send out no roots in order to search for it. Plants, like animals, have a wonderful power of maintaining their proper temperature, whatever be the temperature of the atmosphere that surrounds Orchis mono, or latifolia f Scabiosa succisa, or devil's bit. them; and hence occasionally of raising the thermometer, and occasionally of depressing it. Like animals, too, they are found to exist in most astonishing degrees of heat and cold, and to accommodate themselves accordingly. Wherever the interest or curiosity of man has led him into climates of the highest northern latitudes; wherever he has been able to exist himself, or to trace a vestige of animal being around him; there, too, has he beheld plants of an exquisite beauty and perfection; perfuming, in many instances, the dead and silent atmosphere with their fragrances, and embellishing the barren scenery with their corols. It is said that animals of a certain character, the cold-blooded and amphibious, have a stronger tenacity to life than vegetables of any kind. But the assertion seems to have been hazarded too precipitately; for, admitting that the common water-newt has been occasionally found imbedded in large masses of ice, perfectly torpid and apparently frozen; and that the common eelf, when equally frozen and torpified, is capable of being conveyed a thousand miles up the country, as from St Petersburg, for example, to Moscow, in which country, we are told, it is a common practice thus...show more

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  • Paperback | 106 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 204g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236504380
  • 9781236504388