The Theological and Literary Journal Volume 4

The Theological and Literary Journal Volume 4

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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. 1852 edition. Excerpt: ...adapted and designed to operate were never more rapidly produced than at present, he in so doing gratuitously assumes that no supernatural cause was ever interposed to hasten them. But such an assumption is not science. It is mere conjecture. Geology affords no means of proving or rendering it probable that supernatural interpositions have not taken place. The utmost it can do in this relation is to show that the operation of natural causes is all but imperceptibly slow. " Now, in order to judge whether it is in itself credible or possible that all the sedimentary matter of the globe has been detached from primitive rocks, by the indescribably slow operation of natural causes, disposed in the layers, and pervaded by the fossil remains now found in it, let it be observed that the area occupied by the sedimentary formations is of vast extent. The superficial area of the globe is equal to about 148 millions of square miles; that of the dry land, or portions above the sea level, to 40 millions. Of this probably not less than four fifths, or 32 millions of square miles, are of sedimentary formation; and if that formation, as geologists of authority estimate, extends to the depth of ten miles, or more, the aggregate would be equal to 320 millions of cubic miles. "On the other hand the superficial area-now occupied by primitive rock, supposed not to exceed eight millions of square miles (and more probably far less than that), cannot, it is presumed, be estimated to be on an average more than one mile in height above the general level of the adjacent sedimentary surface. For although the loftiest summits of several mountain ranges rise more than one mile and some as high as five miles above the level of the sea, the far greatest portion of the...
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  • Paperback | 264 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 14mm | 476g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236670663
  • 9781236670663