Travels or Observations Volume 2

Travels or Observations Volume 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. 1808 edition. Excerpt: ...propose it only as a conjecture, that, according-to the computation of time by the vulgar sra, this accession of soil, since the deluge, must have been in a proportion of somewhat more than a foot in a hundred years. La vitesse de cet accroisement est aisee a comprendre, lorsqu'on se represents, que les eaux du Nil sont si troublees et si bourbeuses dans le terns de 1'augmentation de ce fleuve, que les I nuns et les sables sont au moins la dixieme partie de son volume. Description de 1'Egypte, par M. Maillet, p. 103. f Dr Perry disagrees with me in this, as being by far too great a proportion, which he makes to be only-y-part; or five drams and fifteen grains of soil, to thirty pound weight of water, either evaporated or filtrated. View of the Levant, p. 288. There will undoubtedly be great difference in the muddiness and quality of the water, according as it is taken up in the middle of the channel, or near the banks, where it is often disturbed, as the water usually is, that is brought all the day long from Bulac, upon camels, to Kairo. I know no other way to account for this difference; for that a much greater quantity than this must be left by the Nile, will appear from the next paragraph, and the following chapter. This, though we cannot absolutely prove it, appears highly probable, by comparing only the present state and condition of Egypt with what it was two or three thousand years ago. For Herodotus f acquaints us, that in the reign of Myris, if the Nile rose to the height of eight Grecian cubits, all the land of Egypt was sufficiently watered; but that in his time, which was not quite nine hundred years after Myris, the country required fifteen or sixteen; The addition of soil therefore (by supposing them to have been fifteen more

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  • Paperback | 114 pages
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  • English
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