Wonders of Geology; Or, a Familiar Exposition of Geological Phenomena Volume N . 1

Wonders of Geology; Or, a Familiar Exposition of Geological Phenomena Volume N . 1

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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. 1839 edition. Excerpt: ... the primeval forests unmolested, save by beasts of prey. Numerous species and entire genera have been swept away from the face of the earth, --some by sudden revolutions, others by a gradual extinction, --while many have been exterminated by man. Lastly--that these various strata, whether formed in the beds of lakes or rivers, in estuaries, or in the depths of the ocean, have been elevated above the level of the sea, and now constitute fertile countries, supporting the busy population of the human race. I have thus endeavoured to interpret one page of the ancient physical history of our planet, and to explain the records of one epoch in geological chronology. We have entered upon the confines of the past, and already we find ourselves surrounded by an innumerable population of unknown types of being, --not as dim and shadowy phantoms of the imagination, --but in all the reality of formand structure, and bearing the impress of the mighty changes of which they constitute the imperishable memorials. We have again witnessed the effects of the continual mutations of the land and w_ater, -- 37. RETROSPECI. 183 have seen that our present plains and valleys were submerged beneath the ocean, at a period when large mammalia, apparently unrestricted by existing limits of climate, were inhabitants of regions which are now no more--and we have obtained additional proof that--New worlds are still emerging from the deep, The old descending in their turn to rise! Even in this early stage of our progress, we have conclusive evidence of the extinction of whole tribes of animals, equally admirable in their adaptation to the conditions in which they were placed, as the races which now exist. And delightful it is to the geologist, to find that this fact, which bushow more

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  • Paperback | 112 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 213g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236514874
  • 9781236514875