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The Beginning Of The Earth
What was the nature of the two colliding bodies that gave birth to our solar system? Our imaginary astronomer can give us no information; we can only conjecture. For possibly no cosmic problem offers so fertile a field of inquiry as the impact of celestial bodies.
What Our Earth Teaches Us As To Other Worlds
If we range over the earth, from the Arctic regions to the torrid zone, we find that none of the peculiarities which mark the several regions of our globe suffice to banish life from its surface. In the bitter cold within the Arctic Circles, with their strange alternations of long summer days and long winter nights, their frozen seas, perennial ice, and scanty vegetation, life flourishes in a hundred various forms.
What Is Geology?
Just as the historian would be wholly unable to decipher the inscriptions of an ancient race of people unless he had first discovered a key to the language in which they are written, so the geologist would find himself baffled in his efforts to trace backward the history of the earth if he were not provided with a clue to the interpretation of the records in which that history is contained.
Prehistoric Times
The first appearance of man in Europe dates from a period so remote, that neither history nor tradition can throw any light on his origin or mode of life. Under these circumstances, some have supposed that the past is hidden from the present by a veil, which time will probably thicken, but never can remove.
Man, Ancient And Modern
The student who seeks to understand how mankind came to be as they are, and to live as they do, ought first to know clearly whether men are newcomers on the earth, or old inhabitants. Did they appear with their various races and ways of life ready-made, or were these shaped by the long, slow growth of ages.
Strange Peoples
The way in which the life of peoples is affected by the lands in which they live is most interesting. The Eskimo lives in the cold north; there is little wood there for construction; fuels such as are used elsewhere are rare; no fibre-yielding plants grow there. Yet the Eskimo has made full use of what nature gives him.
The Boomerang
The specially interesting and original feature of the boomerang is that when thrown by the natives it describes the most extraordinary curves, and performs the most unaccountable evolutions. When thrown by the natives, we say, for, whether from ignorance of the principle of the boomerang, or from want of skill, Europeans have never been able to use it.
The Burman
The Burmese are a people infinitely attractive, and when today so large a proportion of mankind is given up to ideas altogether material and utilitarian, it is surely something for which to be thankful that in Burma we can still find a country which is a garden of wonderful beauty, and inhabited by a race entirely in harmony with its surroundings.
How Man Has Changed The Face Of Nature
Nowhere has man left such traces of his handiwork upon the face of nature, and nowhere have these traces multiplied so rapidly, as in our own country. What was once a cow-path meandering through fields where Boston now is, is today Washington Street, one of the busiest shopping centres in the whole world, where thousands of buyers from hundreds of towns and villages round about, daily congregate.
An Avalanche
We were so very highly favored as to see two of the grandest avalanches possible in the course of about an hour, between twelve o'clock and two. One cannot command any language to convey an adequate idea of their magnificence.
The Mer De Glace
The first and principal excursion from Chamouny is generally that to the Mer de Glace. It is not at all difficult, but if you have fine weather, it gives you some of the most sublime experiences of mountain scenery you can meet with in all the regions of the Alps.
Niagara, Its Origin, Progress, And Future
Walking northward from the village of Niagara Falls by the side of the river, we have to our left the deep and comparatively narrow gorge, through which the Niagara flows. The bounding cliffs of this gorge are from 300 to 350 feet high.
Mount Shasta
Covered with snow at all seasons of the year—the only one in the State that can be so considered—it is one of those glorious and awe-inspiring scenes which greet the traveller's eye, and fill his mind with wondering admiration, as he journeys among the bold and beautiful mountains of our own California.
For how many centuries before the Christian era Vesuvius had been at rest is not known; but this is certain, that from the landing of the first Greek colony in Southern Italy, Vesuvius gave no signs of internal activity.
The Caves Of Calaveras
The Caves of Calaveras were discovered accidentally, in October, 1850, by Captain Taylor, who, with others, was engaged in mining on this creek, and who, having finished their midday repast, were spending the interval, before resuming their afternoon's work, in shooting at a mark near the back of their cabin.
The Natural Bridges Of Calaveras
THESE bridges are situated on Cayote Creek on the Stanislaus River, and the entire water of Cayote Creek runs beneath them. The bold, rocky, and precipitous banks of the stream, both above and below the bridges, present a counterpart of wild scenery, in perfect keeping with the strange beauty and picturesque grandeur of their interior formation.
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