... Annual Report on the Geology of the State of Vermont

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Seite 70 - A sea lake shone amidst the fossil isle, Reflecting in a ring its cliffs and caverns, With heaven itself seen like a lake below. Compared with this amazing edifice, Raised by the weakest creatures in existence, What are the works of intellectual man, His temples, palaces, and sepulchres?
Seite 27 - For three weeks this terrific river disgorged itself into the sea with little abatement Multitudes of fishes were killed, and the waters of the ocean were heated for twenty miles along the coast The breadth of the stream, where it fell into the sea, is about half a mile, but inland it varies from one to four or five miles in width, conforming itself, like a river , to the face of the country over which it flowed.
Seite 107 - This region was first by atmospheric and geological causes of previous operation under the will of the Almighty, brought into a condition of superficial ruin, or some kind of general disorder.
Seite 27 - The atmosphere in all directions was filled with ashes, spray, gases, etc.; while the burning lava, as it fell into the water, was shivered into millions of minute particles, and, being thrown back into the air, fell in showers of sand on all the surrounding country. The coast was extended into the sea for a quarter of a mile, and a pretty sand-beach and a new cape were formed. Three hills of scoria and...
Seite 70 - Egypt's grey piles of hieroglyphic grandeur, That have survived the language which they speak, Preserving its dead emblems to the eye, Yet hiding from the mind what these reveal ; — Her pyramids would be mere pinnacles, Her giant statues, wrought from rocks of granite, But puny ornaments for such a pile As this stupendous mound of catacombs, Fill'd with dry mummies of the builder-worms.
Seite 64 - ... were taken or destroyed by the enemy, the rest having either stranded or foundered, or having been burnt by accident, — a striking proof that the dangers of our naval warfare, however great, may be far exceeded by the storm, the hurricane, the shoal, and all the other perils of the deep.
Seite 26 - ... repeatedly overflowed, each cooling and forming a new layer from two feet thick and upwards, until the whole area of the crater was filled up, at least fifty feet above the original black ledge, and thus reducing the whole depth of the crater to less than nine hundred feet. This process of filling up continued till the latter part of May 1840, when, as many natives testify, the whole area of the crater became one entire sea of ignifluous matter, raging like old ocean when lashed into fury by...
Seite 103 - ... are overhung. The roof is covered as with a canopy of gorgeous tapestry, enriched with festoons of most graceful foliage, flung in wild, irregular profusion over every portion of its surface. The effect is heightened by the contrast of the coal-black colour of these vegetables, with the light ground-work of the rock to which they are attached.
Seite 66 - ... around the mouths of the principal rivers. An eye-witness thus describes the scene which presented itself at the mouth of the Spey, in Morayshire. " For several miles along the beach, crowds were employed in endeavouring to save the wood and other wreck with which the heavy rolling tide was loaded ; whilst the margin of the sea was strewed with the carcasses of domestic animals, and with millions of dead hares and rabbits.
Seite 70 - I saw the living pile ascend. The mausoleum of its architects, Still dying upwards as their labours closed ; Slime the material, but the slime was turned To adamant by their petrific touch ; Frail were their frames, ephemeral their lives, Their masonry imperishable.

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