The Earth and Man: Lectures on Comparative Physical Geography in Its Relation to the History of Mankind

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Gould and Lincoln, 1855 - 334 pages
 

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Page 230 - As the plant is made for the animal, as the vegetable world is made for the animal world, America is made for the man of the Old World The man of the Old World sets out upon his way Leaving the highlands of Asia, he descends from station to station towards Europe. Each of his steps is marked by a new civilization superior to the preceding, by a greater power of development. Arrived at the Atlantic, he pauses on the shore of...
Page 266 - Since man is made to acquire the full possession and mastery of his facult.es by toil, and by the exercise of all his energies, no climate could so well minister to his progress in this work as the climate of the temperate continents. It is easy to understand this. An excessive heat enfeebles man ; it invites to repose and inaction. In the tropical regions the power of life in nature is carried to its...
Page 334 - GUYOT'S MURAL MAPS ; a Series of elegant Colored Maps, projected on a large scale, for the Recitation Room, consisting of a Map of the World, North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, &c., exhibiting the Physical Phenomena of the Globe, etc.
Page 124 - But, on the other hand, the mild climate of England cannot ripen the grape, almost under the same parallel where grow still the delicious wines of the Rhine. At Astracan, on the northern shore of the Caspian, Humboldt says, the grapes and fruits of every kind are as beautiful and luscious as in the Canaries and in Italy; the wines have all the fire of those of the South of Europe, while in the same latitude, at the mouth of the Loire, the vine hardly flourishes at all. And yet, to a summer capable...
Page 152 - Whenever the trade wind blows with its wonted regularity, the sky preserves a constant serenity, and a deep azure blue, especially when the sun is in the opposite hemisphere ; the air is dry, and the atmosphere cloudless. But in proportion as the sun approaches the zenith, the trade wind grows irregular, the sky assumes a whitish tint, it becomes overcast, clouds appear, sudden showers, accompanied with fierce storms, ensue.

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