The Opal Sea; Continued Studies in Impressions and Appearances

The Opal Sea; Continued Studies in Impressions and Appearances

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1917 edition. Excerpt: ...and comes out on the sloping back he seems to see legions of waves hurrying toward him from every point of the compass. It is a wearying, worrying sea. The waves never cease, the crest must be continually avoided; and ever and anon the unexpected cross wave breaks over the swimmer's head with a wild rush. If he comes through alive he never forgets to his dying day the look of that foaming sea. White caps are accompaniments of the larger as well as the shorter waves. With a strong wind both waves and crests increase in size, but there are fewer of them. The water seems to swing in broader and longer ridges and there is no great regularity in the wave forms. Owing to flaws in the wind cross waves are set in motion, tons of water are pitched here and there at odd angles, the sea becomes "lumpy" in spots and "full of holes" in other places. The crests now appear of toppling height, and when they break they do so with a roaring swish of spray. This is what the sailors would call "a rough sea" and the wind is "variable" or "a half gale." The storm waves which appear with very high winds are peculiar to the winds that form them. If the pressure is steady and continued from one direction they have a tendency to regularity of movement; hut not if the wind comes from thunder storms or cyclones which last only a few hours. These gusts merely lash the ocean, tossing and twisting the surface and, after much bluster, subside as rapidly as they rose. Indeed, the original dash of wind and rain has a tendency to beat down the water instead of driving it forward in ridges; and in any event the thunder storm is usually much too short-lived to start a procession of heavy waves. But under the long and strong...show more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 127g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236903544
  • 9781236903549