Universal Geography, Or, a Description of All Parts of the World, on a New Plan, According to the Great Natural Divisions of the Globe: Theory, or mathematical, physical, and political principles of geography
Wells and Lilly, 1826
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Strana 473 - aurora borealis, reflected by the snow, dispels the darkness of the polar night. The days for several months, though of a monotonous magnificence, astonishingly accelerate the growth of vegetation. In three days, or rather three times twenty-four hours, the snow is melted, and the flowers begin to blow.
Strana 185 - greater number of the principal mountains have one of their sides very steep, and the other of a very " gradual slope.* The Alps, for example, are much more rapid in their descent on the Italian side than on that of Switzerland. On the contrary, the Dophrines, or Scandinavian Alps, have a much steeper declivity to the
Strana 502 - that the grounds near Ravenna has sunk to such a degree, that the pavement of the cathedral is only six inches above the level of high water; but, at the same time, the land is extended in such a manner that this town, formerly situate in the midst of marshes, and canals, and furnished with an
Strana 361 - causes which are local, and sometimes illusory. It is said that the Mediterranean Sea, in its upper part, has sometimes a purple tint. In the gulf of Guinea, the Sea is white, and around the Maldive Islands black. The Vermeille, or
Strana 6 - could only be represented by a grain of sand less than one-twentieth of an inch in thickness. Irregularities so imperceptible do not deserve to be taken into consideration. We shall see, in the following Book, that the true differences which exist between our globe
Strana 361 - a blue shade to distant mountains, and which give the atmosphere its azure hue. The rays of blue light, being the most refrangible, pass in the greatest quantity through the aquatic fluid, which, from its density and depth, makes them undergo a strong refraction. The other shades in the
Strana 472 - the proximity of very high mountains, covered with perpetual snow; the trade winds, and the periodical inundations, equally contribute to diminish the heat. This is the reason why, in the torrid zone, we meet with all kinds of climates. The plains are burnt up by the heat of the sun. All the eastern coasts of the great continents,
Strana 357 - true surface of our planet The only exception to this position, may perhaps be found in gulfs and inland seas, which have only a slight communication with the ocean. In these parts of the sea. the level of the water may sometimes be a little more elevated than in the ocean. It is alleged that the Dutch