Physiography: An Introduction to the Study of Nature

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D. Appleton, 1878 - Physical geography - 384 pages

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Page 76 - All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full; unto the place from whence the rivers come, thither they return again.
Page ix - ... another; until, step by step, the conviction dawns upon the learner that, to attain to even an elementary conception of what goes on in his own parish, he must know something about the universe...
Page 329 - Every circumference of a. circle, whether the circle be large or small, is supposed to be divided into 360 equal parts called degrees. Each degree is divided into 60 equal parts called minutes, and each minute into 60 equal parts called seconds.
Page 377 - ... the sun is revealed as the grand prime mover in all that circulation of matter which goes on, and has gone on for untold ages, within the basin of the Thames ; and the spectacle of the ebb and flow of the tide, under London Bridge, from which we started, proves to be a symbol of the working of forces which extend from planet to planet, and from star to star, throughout the universe.
Page 97 - Stand with your back to the wind and the barometer will be lower on your left hand than on your right.
Page 181 - I am every day more fully satisfied that this influx of cold water into the Pacific and Atlantic oceans from the southward is to be referred to the simplest and most obvious of all causes, the excess of evaporation over precipitation in the northern portion of the Land Hemisphere, and the excess of precipitation over evaporation in the middle and southern part of the Water Hemisphere.
Page 287 - The Ancient Stone Implements, Weapons, and Ornaments of Great Britain. By JOHN EVANS, FRS With 2 Plates and 476 Woodcuts. 8vo.
Page vii - Nature, should commence with the familiar facts of the scholar's daily experience ; and that, from the firm ground of such experience he should lead the beginner, step by step, to remoter objects and to the less readily comprehensible relations of things. In ihort, that the knowledge of the child should, of set purpose, be made to grow, In the same manner as that of the human race has spontaneously grown.
Page x - I endeavored to show that the application of the plainest and simplest processes of reasoning to any of these phenomena, suffices to show, lying behind it, a cause, which will again suggest another; until, step by step, the conviction dawns upon the learner that, to attain to even an elementary conception of what goes on in his parish he must know something about the universe; that the pebble he kicks aside, would not be what it is and where it is, unless a particular chapter of the earth's history,...
Page ix - The attempt to convey scientific conceptions, without the appeal to observation, which can alone give such conceptions firmness and reality, appears to me to be in direct antagonism to the fundamental principles of scientific education...

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