The Story of Our Planet

Cassell publishing Company, 1893 - 535 ページ

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197 ページ - THERE rolls the deep where grew the tree. O earth, what changes hast thou seen ! There where the long street roars, hath been The stillness of the central sea. The hills are shadows, and they flow From form to form, and nothing stands ; They melt like mist, the solid lands, Like clouds they shape themselves and go.
270 ページ - Lisbon during the catastrophe, was the subsidence of a new quay, built entirely of marble, at an immense expense. A great concourse of people had collected there for safety, as a spot where they might be beyond the reach of falling ruins ; but suddenly the quay sank down with all the people on it, and not one of the dead bodies ever floated to the surface.
517 ページ - The old order changeth, yielding place to new, And God fulfills himself in many ways, Lest one good custom should corrupt the world.
515 ページ - Thou shalt also consider in thine heart, that, as a man chasteneth his son, so the LORD thy God chasteneth thee. Therefore thou shalt keep the commandments of the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, and to fear him. For the LORD thy God bringeth thee into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and depths that spring out of valleys and hills...
235 ページ - I cannot give you a more exact description of its figure than by comparing it to that of a pine-tree, for it shot up to a great height in the form of a trunk, which extended itself at the top into a sort of branches...
478 ページ - It seems therefore, on the whole, most probable that the sun has not illuminated the earth for 100,000,000 years, and almost certain that he has not done so for 500,000,000 years. As for the future, we may say with equal certainty that inhabitants of the earth cannot continue to enjoy the light and heat essential to their life for many million years longer, unless new sources, now unknown to us, are prepared in the great storehouse of Creation.
232 ページ - Cavernous recesses belched forth smoke; the sides of cracks and chasms no more than half-way down shone with ruddy light; and so it continued on all sides, right down to the bottom, precipice alternating with slope, and the fiery fissures becoming more numerous as the bottom was approached.
171 ページ - In the eyes of most men . . . the earthworm is a mere blind, dumb, senseless, and unpleasantly slimy annelid. Mr. Darwin undertakes to rehabilitate his character, and the earthworm steps forth at once as an intelligent and beneficent personage, a worker of vast geological changes, a planer down of mountain sides. ... a friend of man. . . and an ally of the Society for the preservation of ancient monuments.
224 ページ - ... occasioned by the jets in constant play ; at the start of each the white light of the depths breaking through to the surface. A row of small basins on the south-east side of the lake were also jetting out their glowing lavas. The two smaller lakes...
328 ページ - Allied with geology, palaeontology has established two laws of inestimable importance : the first, that one and the same area of the earth's surface has been successively occupied by very different kinds of living beings ; the second, that the order of succession established in one locality holds good, approximately, in all.