Titan Volume 26

Titan Volume 26

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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. 1858 edition. Excerpt: ...for ever. How many of the young men who visit foreign countries or the colonies, bent on commercial enterprise, could tell gold from mica or pyrites, or diamonds from rock-crystal, or platina ore from iron sand? How many of them, if shown a white shining stone, would be able to say whether it was quartz, limestone, alabaster, cryolite, felspar, or apatite? The first they might afterwards discover was of no pecuniary value; the second might be wrought as marble; the third might carve into sculptures, and would at least burn into stucco; the fourth is the choicest ore of the strange metal aluminium; the fifth is to the potter, enamel-maker, and other industrialists, of the greatest value; the sixth, mineral phosphate of lime, is at present the object of universal search among agriculturists. How many of the youths in question could tell whether the exudation from a tree was a gum, a sugar, a manna, a resin, a gum-resin, a camphor, a caoutchouc, or a gutta percha? How many could tell whether the white crust or hoar-frost-like efilorescence on the soil was carbonate of soda, nitrate of soda, nitrate of potash, borax, or common salt, substances of immensely different moneyvalues? How many could say whether the coloured juice or infusion of a particular plant or tree was a fugitive or permanent dye? Whether a particular seed would yield oil or would not? Whether the fibres of a plant were suitable or not for textile fabrics, for ropes, and for papermaking? Whether a particular wood was soft or hard, lasting or destructible? Whether a particular rock would yield a good building stone or not? Whether the district they had travelled over was a limestone, granite, or sandstone formation? Whether coal was likely to be found in it? Whether it...show more

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  • Paperback | 526 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 27mm | 930g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236791630
  • 9781236791634