Principles of Geology Volume 3

Principles of Geology Volume 3

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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. 1835 edition. Excerpt: ...with their inhabitants and large herds of cattle. Thds three villages, with their entire population, were covered, when the mountain of Piz fell in 1772, in the district of Tre-viso, in the state of Venice; and part of Mount Grenier, south of Chambery, in Savoy, which fell down in the year 1248, buried five parishes, including the town and church of St. Andre, the ruins occupying an extent of about nine square miles. The number of lives lost by the slide of the Ross-berg, in Switzerland, in 1806, was estimated at more than 800, a great number of the bodies, as well as several villages and scattered houses, being buried deep under mud and rock. In the same country, several hundred cottages, with eighteen of their inhabitants and a great number of cows, goats, and sheep, were victims to the sudden fall of a bed of stones, thirty yards deep, which descended from the summits of the Diablerets. In the year 1618, a portion of Mount Conto fell, in the county of Chiavenna in Switzerland, and buried the town of Pleurs with all its inhabitants, to the number of 2430. j-Ann. des Sci. Nat., tome xii. p. 117. Feb. 1831. Malte-Brun's Geog., vol. i. p. 435. Bakewell, Travels in the Tarentaise, vol. i. p. 201. It is unnecessary to multiply examples of similar local catastrophes, which, however numerous they may have been in mountainous parts of Europe, within the historical period, have been, nevertheless, of rare occurrence when compared to events of the same kind which have taken place in regions convulsed by earthquakes. It is then that enormous masses of rock and earth, even in comparatively low and level countries, are detached from the sides of valleys, and cast down into the river-courses, and often so unexpectedly that thej'...show more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 227g
  • Theclassics.Us
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1230321276
  • 9781230321271

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