Essay on the Theory of the Earth
W. Blackwood, 1827 - 550 pages
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Page 375 - Entire trunks of trees, which are carried by the rivers from other countries and islands, find here, at length, a resting-place, after their long wanderings ; with these come some small animals, such as lizards and insects, as the first inhabitants. Even before the trees form a wood, the...
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Page 1 - Would it not also be glorious for man to burst the limits of time, and. by a few observations, to ascertain the history of this world, and the series of events which preceded the birth of the human race?
Page 233 - Dolomieu, in thinking that if anything in Geology be established it is that the surface of our globe has undergone a great and sudden revolution, the date of which cannot be referred to a much earlier period than five or six thousand years ago...
Page 375 - The heat of the sun so penetrates the mass of stone when it is dry, that it splits in many places, and breaks off in flakes. These flakes, so separated, are raised one upon another by the waves at the time of high water.
Page 372 - It is scarcely more than a mile in circumference, but appears to be increasing both in elevation and extent. At no very distant period of time, it was one of those banks produced by the washing up of sand and broken coral, of which most reefs afford instances, and those of Torres
Page 94 - Lastly, the bones of species which are apparently the same with those that still exist alive, are never found except in the very latest alluvial depositions, or those which are either formed on the sides of rivers, or on the bottoms of ancient lakes or marshes now dried up, or in the substance of beds of peat, or in the fissures and caverns of certain rocks, or at small depths below the present surface, in places where they may have been overwhelmed by debris, or even buried by man : And, although...
Page 9 - Thus the great catastrophes which have produced revolutions in the basin of the sea were preceded, accompanied, and followed by changes in the nature of the fluid and of the substances which it held in solution...
Page 479 - In some places portions were found removed many yards from others, and in no instance were two bones found lying close to each other. Their position, also, was singular — in one place two heads were found, with the antlers entwined in each other, and immediately under them a large blade bone ; in another a very large head was discovered, and, although a most diligent search was made, no part of the skeleton found within some hundred yards ; in another the jaw bones were found, and not the head.