Old Stones; A Series of Geological Notes on the Plutonic, Volcanic, Pre-Cambrian, Cambrian, Silurian, and Devonian Rocks in the Neighbourhood of Malvern,

Old Stones; A Series of Geological Notes on the Plutonic, Volcanic, Pre-Cambrian, Cambrian, Silurian, and Devonian Rocks in the Neighbourhood of Malvern,

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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. 1880 edition. Excerpt: ...in the bright sunshine, surrounded by overhanging hills and green English woodlands, without thinking of the wonderful changes which have happened since the hard rock was secreted from sea waters by the coral-building animals which built up the perfect structures we find lying on the shale heaps. Some of them look as if they were fossilised lichens or mosses; others are like a fossil brain, so strange are their convolutions; others are like the specimens of stone corals from the rocky islands of the Pacific, which have built up coral lands occupying thousands of square miles. The history of Coral-building animals belongs therefore to a very ancient epoch of the Planet's history. Of the Protozoa Sponges appear in the Cambrian rocks, but Corals make their appearance in the Lower Silurians, nothing like, however, in the same abundance as they do in the Upper Silurians. Here the tabulate and rugose forms abound, with much the same shape as those of existing seas. Still the old world corals differ from the modern forms in the arrangement of their stony plates or lamellae. For long ages have these lowly animals secreted their stony habitations from the waters of the seas. Groups of islands are still forming, and their masses ever multiplying. The coral reef is gradually elevated above the level of the sea; land is formed, where sea birds haunt and seeds are drifted. Then trees and plants take root, and man at last finds a resting place "on the once living pile." " The mausoleum of its architects, Still dying upwards as their labours closed; Slime the materials; but the slime was turned To adamant by their petrific touch." The "Old Stones" which compose the ancient coral reefs of Dormington Wood in the Woolhope valley, are, or have been, used for...show more

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  • Paperback | 38 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 86g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236662563
  • 9781236662569