The Canadian Naturalist and Geologist, Band 1

Dawson., 1857
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Seite 9 - All scatter'd in the bottom of the sea. Some lay in dead men's skulls; and, in those holes Where eyes did once inhabit, there were crept (As 'twere in scorn of eyes,) reflecting gems, That woo'd the slimy bottom of the deep, And mock'd the dead bones that lay scatter'd by.
Seite 194 - ... of those great deposits of dynamical efficiency which are laid up for human use in our coal strata. By them the waters of the sea are made to circulate in vapour through the air, and irrigate the land, producing springs and rivers. By them are produced all disturbances of the chemical equilibrium of the elements of nature, which, by a series of compositions and decompositions, give rise to new products, and originate a transfer of materials.
Seite 171 - The ground was strewed with broken limbs of trees, eggs, and young Squab Pigeons, which had been precipitated from above, and on which herds of hogs were fattening.
Seite 170 - ... surprising. The ground is covered to the depth of several inches with their dung ; all the tender grass and underwood destroyed; the surface strewed with large limbs of trees, broken down by the weight of the birds clustering one above another, and the trees themselves, for thousands of acres, killed as completely as if girdled with an axe. The marks of this desolation remain for many years on the spot, and numerous places could be pointed out, where for several years after scarcely a single...
Seite 121 - Imperial rule of all the sea-girt isles, That, like to rich and various gems, inlay The unadorned bosom of the deep...
Seite 271 - THE shades of night were scarcely fled ; The air was mild, the winds were still ; And slow the slanting sunbeams spread, O'er wood and lawn, o'er heath and hill. From fleecy clouds of pearly hue...
Seite 273 - Is this the bound of power divine, " To animate an insect frame? " Or shall not He who moulded thine " Wake at his will the vital flame ? " Go, mortal! in thy reptile state, " Enough to know to thee is given; " Go, and the joyful truth relate ; " Frail child of earth ! high heir of heaven I" A question here naturally presents itself—Why are insects subject to these changes?
Seite 170 - ... a single vegetable made its appearance. When these roosts are first discovered, the inhabitants from considerable distances visit them in the night, with guns, clubs, long poles, pots of sulphur, and various other engines of destruction. In a few hours they fill many sacks, and load their horses with them. By the Indians, a pigeon roost or breeding- place is considered an important source of national profit and dependence for that season; and all their active ingenuity is exercised on the occasion.
Seite 172 - I observed them, in large bodies that continued to pass for six or eight minutes, and these again were followed by other detached bodies, all moving in the same south-east direction, till after six in the evening. The great breadth of front which this mighty multitude preserved, would seem to intimate a corresponding breadth of their breeding place, which by several gentlemen who had lately passed through part of it, was stated to me at several miles.
Seite 171 - They were' flying with great steadiness and rapidity at a height beyond gunshot, in several strata deep; and so close together that could shot have reached them, one discharge could not have failed of bringing down several individuals.

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