Scribners Monthly Volume 3

Scribners Monthly 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. 1872 edition. Excerpt: ... is represented in the accompanying sketch. The basin is about two hun dred feet in diameter, and the sides of the crater, which have been much broken down, are about thirty feet deep. The crater is so filled with dense steam that it is only at periodical times that it is cleared away so that one can catch a glimpse of the seething caldron below. From one side of it five streams, of water are ever flowing, which in the aggregate form a river ten feet wide and two feet deep. The delicate shades of coloring from the iron and sulphur are most finely displayed upon the surface over which this water flows. But perhaps the most striking exhibition of Nature's forces in this wonderful region is that of the "Grand Geyser," which is well shown in the accompanying illustration. While we were in the Fire-Hole Valley this geyser played only at intervals of about thirty-two hours; but when it was in active operation the displaywas grand beyond description. As we stood near the crater or basin, it threw up, with scarcely any preliminary warning, a column of hot water eight feet in diameter to the height of two hundred feet; and so steady and uniform did the force act, that the column of water appeared to be held there for some minutes, returning into the basin in millions of prismatic drops. This was continued for about fifteen minutes, and the rumbling and confusion attending it could only be compared to that of a charge in battle. The steam poured out in immense masses, rising in clouds a thousand feet or more in height. After the Grand Geyser had ceased playing the water of the basin retired from the surface, and the temperature fell gradually to 150. Another geyser in the same group, and named by the Langford party "Old...show more

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  • Paperback | 556 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 29mm | 980g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236851757
  • 9781236851758