The Wonders and Beauties of Creation, Portrayed by Buffon [And Others]

The Wonders and Beauties of Creation, Portrayed by Buffon [And Others]

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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. 1866 edition. Excerpt: ...senses by showers of what they thought must be black snow. On the 9th of April the lava began to overflow, and rail for five miles in a south-westerly direction; whilst, some THE SKArTAA JOKUL. 185 days later, --in order that no element might be wanted to mingle in this horrible charivari, --a vast column of water, like Robin Hood's second arrow, split up through the cinder pillar to the height of several hundred feet the horror of the spectacle being further enhanced by an accompaniment of subterranean cannonading and dire reports, heard at a distance of fifty miles. "Striking as all this must have been, it sinks into comparative tameness and insignificance beside the infinitely more terrible phenomena which attended the eruption of another volcano, called Skaptaa Jokul. "Of all countries in Europe, Iceland is the one which has been the most minutely mapped, not even excepting the ordnance survey of Iceland. The Danish government seem to have had a hobby about it, and the result has been a chart so beautifully executed, that every little crevice, each mountain torrent, each flood of lava, is laid down with an accuracy perfectly astonishing. One huge blank, however, in the south-west corner of this map of Iceland mars the integrity of its almost microscopic delineations. "To every other part of the island the engineer has succeeded in penetrating: one vast space alone of about four hundred square miles has defied his investigation. Over the area occupied by the Skaptaa Jokul, amid its mountain-cradled fields of snow and icy ridges, no human foot has ever wandered. Yet it is from the bosom of this desert district that has descended the most frightful visitations ever known to have desolated the island. 186 TERRIBLE VOLCANO. "This...show more

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  • Paperback | 80 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 159g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236650980
  • 9781236650986