Transactions of the Philosophical Institute of Victoria from January to December Volume 4

Transactions of the Philosophical Institute of Victoria from January to December 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. 1860 edition. Excerpt: ...flows in a zig-zag course; several miles east and north alternately, making a general course of northeast. Flood-channels slightly curving away from the river, or following a straight course, out off on each side those great bends. To follow these channels is the only way to travel on the Mackenzie with any degree of comfort, for close upon the river itself scrubs are frequent, and though the banks, sloping from the edge of the high land, are free from scrub, they are cut with numerous deep, steep-sided gullies by waters that have flowed from the level ground above. All the open country does not consist of plains, but of thinly timbered and well grassed long narrow strips, running parallel to the river. Behind are patches or belts of scrub. Further back the land generally rises, and the slopes are strewn with quartz stones, two or three inches in diameter, and exceedingly water-warn. Further back there are some large tracks of open country, with large blocksiof sandstone cropping out. The soil consists of loose sand, thinly grassed, and difficult to travel over. I felt much interest in observing in a stratum of sandstone an angular piece of beautiful bright coal embedded--proving that this piece of coal is of greater age than the sandstone, and than the seams of coal which that sandstone now overlies. In the scrubs of the Mackenzie we found two kinds of native fruits: the lemon which is mentioned by Dr. Leichhardt, and an extremely acid fruit, of a rusty purple color, enclosing a large smooth stone; each stone having two kernels so oily that they burn readily when touched with the flame of a candle. This fruit is about the size of a small apple, and grows on a tree from fifteen to twenty-five feet high, with leaves like the mountain more

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  • Paperback | 138 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 259g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236972155
  • 9781236972156