Selections of the most remarkable phenomena of nature

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Henry Glassford Bell
Printed for Constable and co., 1827 - Science - 324 pages

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Page 157 - astonished to the last degree, at this unexpected change ; and after some further conversation with him, and among ourselves, went away fully satisfied as to all the particulars of this fact, but confounded and puzzled, and not able to form any rational scheme that might account for it.—
Page 28 - crust of our globe has been subjected to a great and sudden revolution, the epoch of which cannot be dated much farther back than five or six thousand years ago ; that this revolution had buried all the countries which were before inhabited by
Page 312 - WE saw a number of prodigious pillars of sand at different distances, at times moving with great celerity, at others, stalking with majestic slowness. At intervals we thought they were coining in a very few minutes to overwhelm us, and
Page 312 - once Again, they would retreat, so as to be almost out of sight, their tops reaching to the very clouds. There the tops often separated from the bodies ; and these once disjointed, dispersed, and did not
Page 164 - his legs being bent, he broke it to pieces by the tendons of his hams, without altering the bending of his leg. 4. He broke such another bowl between his first and second finger, by pressing them together sideways. 5. He lifted a table six feet long, which had half
Page 155 - Dr Baynard and I (Dr Cheyne) were called to him, and attended him twice a day ; but his vomitings continuing still incessant, and obstinate against all remedies, we despaired of his recovery. While he was in this condition he sent for us one morning ; we waited on him, with Mr
Page 300 - altitude, distance, and degree of light and shade. In a moment they lost their height, and bent into arcades like Roman aqueducts ; and a long cornice was next formed on the top, and above it rose castles innumerable, all perfectly alike. They soon split into towers, which
Page 312 - for a moment to the quarter whence it came. It resembled a haze, in colour like the purple part of the rainbow, but not so compressed or thick. It was a kind of blush upon the air, and was
Page 66 - power to offer such a description of this extraordinary place, as to convey adequate ideas of its wonders or its terrors. The sensations of a person, even of firm nerves, standing on a support which feebly sustains him, over an abyss where literally fire and brimstone are in dreadful and incessant
Page 48 - stones fell thick upon us. In an instant, clouds of black smoke and ashes caused almost a total darkness. The explosions from the top of the mountain were much louder than any thunder I ever heard, and the smell of sulphur was very offensive. My guide alarmed, took to his heels, and I must confess,

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