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CHAPTER II.

Winds.--1. Winds in general explained-2. General or

permanent winds_Trade-winds -3. Periodical winds,

or monsoons-4. Land and sea breezes-5. Variable

winds-Destruction occasioned by stormy winds—6.

Noxious and poisonous winds—the Harmattan-Sirocco

-Samiel—The Simoom-Hurricanes-Tornadoes-Re-

flections in reference to noxious winds-Velocity of

winds-Uses of winds

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CHAPTER III.

Luminous and fiery meteors.-1. The Aurora borealis, its

general appearances,Description of several striking

auroras– Their appearance in the polar regions-Their

supposed cause-2. Luminous arches, their phenomena

and elevation-3. Fire-balls, description of their pheno-

mena, size, motion, etc.-4. Shooting, or falling-stars-

November meteors—Their striking appearance in the

United States, in 1833—Their supposed origin-5. Par-

helia or mock-suns-— Their general appearance-De-

scription of one seen at Rome, illustrated with a figure

-6. Thunder and Lightning-Description of a thunder-

storm with its accompaniments--How to estimate the

distance of a thunder-cloud-Different kinds of light-

ning-Identity of lightning and electricity--Thunder-

guard-Maxims to be observed during a thunder-storm

--Concluding reflections.

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THE

ATMOSPHERE AND ATMOSPHERICAL

PHENOMENA.

PART 1.

THE NATURE, PROPERTIES, AND BENEFICIAL EFFECTS OF THE ATMOSPHERE IN THE SYSTEM OF NATURE, AND THE EVIDENCES WHICH ITS CONSTITUTION AFFORDS OF THE WISDOM AND BENEFICENCE OF THE CREATOR.

INTRODUCTION. ALL the works of God, throughout the immensity of the universe, display the character, perfections, and agency of the Supreme Creator, to every rational and Christian mind that surveys them with attention and intelligence. From the magnificent luminaries of heaven to the comparatively small globe on which we dwell, and the smallest microscopic animalcule that glides through its waters, we perceive the impress of omnipotence and skill, which infinitely surpass all the puny labours and inventions of man. These works were evidently intended by their Divine Author to be investigated, contemplated, and admired by all his intelligent offspring, that their conceptions of the Divine character may be expanded, and that they may be led to give unto Him“ the glory due unto his name.” The enlightened Christian, therefore, ought to devote a portion of his time and attention to the study and contemplation of the works of God, not only as a rational amusement, but as a solemn duty; for, in numerous passages in the sacred records, this duty is expressly inculcated: “Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things”—“ Stand still, and consider the wondrous works of God"-" The works of the Lord are great, sought out of all them that have pleasure therein”. “Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty."

When we look around on the surface of the earth, and behold the beautiful and sublime landscapes which diversify its aspect, the variety of colours with which it is adorned, the myriads of trees, shrubs, and flowers which spring from its surface, and the rich perfumes they shed around them—the numerous animated beings which traverse the air, the ocean, and the earth, and the ample provision which is made for their subsistence and comfort-we can scarcely fail of being impressed with the conviction, that the Creator is a being of unbounded beneficence, that " His tender mercies are over all his works,” and that the happiness of his sensitive and intelligent offspring is one great end of all his arrangements. When we consider the curious and exquisite structure of all the

vegetable tribes, the numerouş vessels with which

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