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, 1860 - Geology - 524 pages
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Page 236 - Beyond the shadow of the ship, I watched the water-snakes: They moved in tracks of shining white, And when they reared, the elfish light Fell off in hoary flakes. Within the shadow of the ship I watched their rich attire: Blue, glossy green, and velvet black, They coiled and swam; and every track Was a flash of golden fire.
Page 316 - Coccosteus down to the posterior termination of the dorsal plate, the creature was cased in strong armour, the plates of which remain as freshly preserved in the ancient rocks of the country as those of the Pimelodi of the Ganges on the shelves of the Elgin Museum ; but from the pointed termination of the plate immediately over the dorsal fin, to the tail, comprising more than one half the entire length of the animal, all seems to have been exposed, without the protection of even a scale, and there...
Page 410 - The archangel stood, and from the other hill To their fixed station, all in bright array, The cherubim descended; on the ground, Gliding meteorous, as evening mist, Risen from a river, o'er the marish glides, And gathers ground fast at the laborer's heel, Homeward returning.
Page 233 - Europe, in which there was any thing new or strange to be seen; nay\ to such a degree was my curiosity raised, that having read the controversies of some great men concerning the antiquities of Egypt, I made a voyage to Grand Cairo, on purpose to take the measure of a pyramid...
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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.
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Page 523 - ... cairn, the ruined tower, Scathed by the bolts of heaven : The yawning gulf — the treacherous sand — I love thee still, my native land. Land of the dark — the Runic rhyme — The mystic ring — the cavern hoar ; The Scandinavian seer — sublime In legendary lore : Land of a thousand Sea-kings...
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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