The Cruise of the Betsey, Or, A Summer Ramble Among the Fossiliferous Deposits of the Hebrides: With Rambles of a Geologist, Or, Ten Thousand Miles Over the Fossiliferous Deposits of Scotland

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Gould and Lincoln, 1858 - Geology - 524 pages
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Page iii - The Cruise of the Betsey ; or, A Summer Ramble among the Fossiliferous Deposits of the Hebrides. With Rambles of a Geologist ; or, Ten Thousand Miles over the Fossiliferous Deposits of Scotland.
Page 78 - Gray visited this place, he heard at the end of a quarter of an hour a low continuous murmuring sound beneath his feet, which gradually changed into pulsations as it became louder, so as to resemble the striking of a clock. In five minutes it became so strong as to resemble the striking of a clock, and even to detach the sand.
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