A System of Geography, Popular and Scientific, Or, a Physical, Political, and Statistical Account of the World and Its Various Divisions Volume 2, No. 2

A System of Geography, Popular and Scientific, Or, a Physical, Political, and Statistical Account of the World and Its Various Divisions Volume 2, No. 2

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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. 1847 edition. Excerpt: ...The magnificent plain of Capua lies over a subterranean fire, and owes its fertility to the volcanic quality of the soil. The steam baths, the sulphurous lakes, and grottoes in this volcanic region are remarkable. In the neighbourhood of Puzzuoli, the whole soil consists of a ferruginous lava which can be used as cement, but is very fertile. The Solfaterra, a kind of cave 1,000 feet long and 1,246 broad, of which the interior is always burning, seems to be connected with Mount Vesuvius; the swamp of S. Filippo, formerly the Lago Luccino, --and the lake of Avernus, which formerly exhaled so strong sulphurous vapours that birds flying over it fell down suffocated, --the celebrated grotto Del Cane, near the lake of Agnano, --the Sudaltorii di S. Germane, near the same lake, --and the famous grottoes under the hills of Pausilippo, are all proofs of the activity of the fearful element which is here raging to break forth from its prison. City of Naples.' Naples, the ancient Parthenope, 'the metropolis of a ruined Paradise, ' as it has been called, is situated at the bottom of a gulf, 3 days' journey from the frontiers, and 5 from Rome. 'It is built in the form of an amphitheatre, sloping to the sea from the hills. Although, inpointof architectural appearance, it is inferior to modern Rome; yet, in general, the private houses are better built, and the streets are broader and better paved. It is surrounded by mountains and the sea; and nothing can surpass the beauty of its bay. Naples is the most opulent and best peopled city of Italy. In 1824 it contained 349,190 inhabitants, of which 165,015 were males, and 184,175 females; 55,283 males were under 14 years, and 51,957 females were under 12 years; 45,853 males above the age of 14 were unmarried, as were...show more

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  • Paperback | 210 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 386g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1236650972
  • 9781236650979