Proofs and Illustrations of the Attributes of God, from the Facts and Laws of the Physical Universe; Being the Foundation of Natural and Revealed Religion

Proofs and Illustrations of the Attributes of God, from the Facts and Laws of the Physical Universe; Being the Foundation of Natural and Revealed Religion

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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. 1837 edition. Excerpt: ...of earthy matters are effected by many more plants, not purely subaqueous, but of an amphibious nature. These root beneath the water, but grow above it: acting by means of their stems and their crowded growth, in detaining what their roots consolidate, or checking that action of the waves which would diffuse the earths along the bottom, and retard the desired effect. Such are the bulrush and the common reed: and if the most incurious spectator can satisfy himself respecting their effects, so must he be very unwilling to believe, who can doubt that the singularly long, powerful, and prolific root of the latter, was constructed for the very purpose of consolidating the earth in which it loves to grow, and not less for ensuring the extension and perpetuation of so valuable an agent. If my limits do not allow me to enumerate all the plants, even in our own climate, far less in others, by which these offices are executed, still more impossible is it here to describe the various powers and actions of each tribe or species, from the nearly terrestrial reed just mentioned, to the Potamogetons but slenderly connected with the land, and to the Lemna and Conferva which are entirely independent of it. And it is best that the student of nature should examine for himself the various plants, Nymphaeas, Charas, Hippuris, Lobelia, Stratiotes, Hottonia, Butomus, Hydrocharis, and more, which take their shares in this useful work. But it is most important to remark on that further provision, in a design where nothing has been overlooked, through which, whatever other separate purposes these several plants may serve, there is some one, or more, adapted to every possible situation and circumstance under which this work may be carried on. Thus have structures and...show more

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  • Paperback | 174 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 322g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236623649
  • 9781236623645