Sea and Sky

Sea and Sky

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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. 1884 edition. Excerpt: ...Hence the temperature to the very bottom remains about 54 F. 10. It is the depth of its waters coupled with their saltness that gives to this sea that deep azure tint so much admired by those who visit the Isles of Greece or the western shores of Italy. As the Strait of Gibraltar lies parallel to the flow of the tide-wave, tide has little effect on the waters of the land-locked sheet. Happily for Venice, in the Adriatic there is tide enough to wash out her canals twice a day by a rise of three or four feet, which, on that flat shore, suffices to produce strong See an eloquent description of the site of Venice by Mr Kuskin, quoted in Standard Authors Headers, Book VI. p. 93. streams in the deeper channels that thread the mud banks. 11. Of the Baltic and North Seas much has been said in Book V. ch. xvii., but some interesting features of the former deserve mention here. Owing to the excess of river water over evaporation, there is an outflow of its fresher water into the North Sea, overlying a slight inflow of a salter under-current from the North Sea. For the Baltic receives the drainage of one-fifth of Europe. The depth of the Baltic, nowhere exceeding 115 fathoms, varies from 10 fathoms in the north to 50 in the south. 12. It is only in severe winters that the deeper southern water freezes, whereas the northern part, which is almost fresh water, is frozen every winter. What is most strange is that thin cakes of ice form on the bottom and rise edgeways to the surface, sometimes so quickly as to cover many square miles with sheets of ice and thus entrap boats. There is no tide in the Baltic. The southern part of Sweden seems to be slowly sinking while the northern part is rising. READING XXXI. ISLANDS OF THE ATLANTIC OCEAN. (8) 1. more

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  • Paperback | 52 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 109g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236965833
  • 9781236965837