Short Studies in Nature Knowledge; An Introduction to the Science of Physiography

Short Studies in Nature Knowledge; An Introduction to the Science of Physiography

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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. 1895 edition. Excerpt: ...Shikargo) is largely owing to its position upon the verge of Lake Michigan, and upon the line of water and railway stretching across the country. The rapid growth of this city, "the Venice of America," is indicated by the fact that it is not marked upon maps issued half a century ago. Lakes favourably influence climate and season. Their waters maintain a more equable temperature than the land. In tropical regions the lake breezes temper the heat of day and reduce the cold of night, which in these parts is never short. In the temperate zones they also moderate the extremes of temperature of countries possessing a continental climate,2 especially when deep as well as large. Lakes further act as "flood moderators" (as described in speaking of rivers), receiving storm water without rapidly rising in consequence, and, owing to this, great rivers which flow through lakes maintain an even current, and are preserved from such devastating floods as occur, for example, upon the great Chinese rivers which have not this absorbing power. Lakes are the means of developing a special flora and fauna. Aquatic plants spring up, affording cover for water-loving animals, which impart life and beauty to regions that would otherwise be dreary and desolate. Other lakes deposit beds of salt, often over a large 1 These are of the nature of freshwater seas--Superior, 32,000 square miles; Michigan, 24,000; Huron, 20,000; Erie, 9000; and Ontario, 6000. Total, 94,000 square miles, or a larger area than the whole of the British Isles. 2 Continental climates are exemplified by Russia and Canada, which have a continuously hot summer and a long severe winter. The lesson of the lochlands. Teaching of the Swiss lakes. area, and at a more rapid rate than might...show more

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  • Paperback | 68 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 141g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236601483
  • 9781236601483