Geology in 1835: A Popular Sketch of the Progress, Leading Features, and Latest Discoveries of this Rising Science

Simpkin, Marshall, and Company, 1835 - 139 ˹
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˹ 99 - Milton's fiend, qualified for all services and all elements, the creature was a fit companion for the kindred reptiles that swarmed in the seas, or crawled on the shores of a turbulent planet. " The fiend, O'er bog, or steep, through strait, rough, dense, or rare, With head, hands, wings, or feet, pursues his way, And swims, or sinks, or wades, or creeps, or flies.
˹ 46 - In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.
˹ 101 - With flocks of such-like creatures flying in the air, and shoals of no less monstrous ichthyosauri and plesiosauri swarming in the ocean, and gigantic crocodiles and tortoises crawling on the shores of the primeval lakes and rivers, air, sea, and land must have been strangely tenanted in these early periods of our infant world...
˹ 54 - I may say thousand, individuals must have contributed their remains to make up this appalling mass of the dust of death. It seems in great part to be derived from comminuted and pulverised bone; for the fleshy parts of animal bodies produce by their decomposition so small a quantity of permanent earthy residuum, that we must seek for the origin of this mass principally in decayed bones. The cave is so dry, that the black earth lies in the state of loose powder, and rises in dust under the feet; it...
˹ 54 - The quantity of animal matter accumulated on this floor is the most surprising and the only thing of the kind I ever witnessed ; and many hundred, I may say thousand, individuals must have contributed their remains to make up this appalling mass of the dust of death.
˹ 100 - Ichthyosaurus has the snout of a dolphin, the teeth of a crocodile, the head and sternum of a lizard, the extremities of...
˹ 53 - Axholm, in Lincolnshire. The antique sandals on her feet afforded evidence of her having been buried there for many ages ; yet her nails, hair, and skin, are described as having shown hardly any marks of decay. On the estate of the Earl of Moira, in Ireland, a human body was dug up, a foot deep in gravel, covered with eleven feet of moss ; the body was completely clothed, and the garments seemed all to be made of hair. Before the use of wool was known in that country, the clothing of the inhabitants...
˹ 47 - Dolomieu, that, if there be any fact well established in geology, it is this, that the surface of our globe has suffered a great and sudden revolution, the period of which cannot be dated further back than five thousand or six thousand years.
˹ 58 - And hence it follows, that wherever such caves and fissures occur, ie in the greater part of Europe, and in whatever districts of the other Continents such bones may be found under similar circumstances, there did not take place any such interchange of the surfaces occupied respectively by land and water, as many writers of high authority have conceived to have immediately succeeded the last great geological revolution, by an tmiversal and transient inundation which has affected the planet we inhabit.
˹ 54 - It is literally true that in this single cavern (the size and proportions of which are nearly equal to those of the interior of a large church), there are hundreds of cart-loads of black animal dust entirely covering the whole floor to a depth which must average at least six feet, and which, if we multiply this depth by the length and breadth of the cavern, will be found to exceed 5000 cubic feet. The whole of this mass has been again and again dug over in search of teeth and bones, which it still...