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Page 148 - Go to the Ant, thou Sluggard, consider her ways, and be wise: which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.
Page 65 - There is a river in the ocean. In the severest droughts it never fails, and in the mightiest floods it never overflows. Its banks and its bottom are of cold water, while its current is of warm. The Gulf of Mexico is its fountain, and its mouth is in the Arctic Seas. It is the Gulf Stream.
Page 4 - The longitude of a place is its distance east or west from the first meridian...
Page 66 - The common cause of waves is the friction of the wind upon the surface of the water. Little ridges or elevations first appear, which by continuance of the force, gradually increase, until they become the rolling mountains seen where the winds sweep over a great extent of water. The heaving of the bay of Biscay, or still...
Page 66 - A wave of water, in this respect, is exactly imitated by the wave running along a stretched rope when one end is shaken ; or by the mimic waves of our theatres, which are generally undulations of long pieces of carpet, moved by attendants. But when a wave reaches a shallow bank or beach, the water becomes really progressive, for then, as it cannot sink directly downwards, it falls over and forwards, seeking the level.
Page 250 - Let the empty vessel stand on the floor, a few feet in advance of the window which admits the light, and let it be so arranged, that as the beam of light descends towards the floor, it just passes over the top of the side of the vessel next the window, and strikes the bottom on the side farthest from the window. Let the spot where it falls be marked.
Page 249 - A lens is glass ground into such a form, as to collect or disperse the rays of light which pass through it. These are of different shapes, and from thence receive different names.
Page 282 - ... finally he is supposed to have a complete grasp of the subject. But perhaps it would be just as easy to get the worst over with at once, and then consider it in detail afterward. Briefly, then, the variations in the length of the solar days arise from the eccentricity of the Earth's orbit, combined with the inclination of the plane of the Earth's equator to the plane of its orbit. The latter is more commonly referred to as the obliquity of the ecliptic. The "eccentricity of the Earth's orbit...