Niagara: Its History and Geology, Incidents and Poetry

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Sheldon, 1872 - Geology - 165 pages

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Page 17 - This wonderful downfall is compounded of two great cross-streams of water, and two falls, with an isle sloping along the middle of it. The waters which fall from this vast height, do foam and boil after the most hideous manner imaginable, making an outrageous noise, more terrible than that of thunder; for when the wind blows from off the south, their dismal roaring may be heard above fifteen leagues off.
Page 17 - Ontario and Erie there is a vast and prodigious cadence of water which falls down after a surprising and astonishing manner, insomuch that the universe does not afford its parallel.
Page 80 - Indians determined to walk to this island by the help of these poles, to save the other poor creatures, or perish themselves. They took leave of all their friends as if they were going to death. Each had two such poles in his hands, to set against the bottom of the stream, to keep them steady.
Page ii - Entered, according to the Act of the Parliament of Canada, in the year one thousand eight hundred and eighty-four, by the Rev.
Page 17 - Niagara, which is not above a quarter of a league broad, but is wonderfully deep in some places. It is so rapid above this descent, that it violently hurries down the wild beasts while...
Page 162 - THERE'S nothing great or bright, thou glorious Fall, Thou may'st not to the fancy's sense recall — The thunder-riven cloud, the lightning's leap, The stirring of the chambers of the deep ; Earth's emerald green, and many-tinted dyes, The fleecy whiteness of the upper skies ; The tread of armies...
Page 21 - ... line to which it was tied, this proves nothing at all, as the water which precipitates itself from the mountain, rises very high in foam. For my own part, after having examined it on all sides, where it could be viewed to the greatest advantage, I am inclined to think we cannot allow it less than one hundred and forty, or fifty feet.
Page 16 - ... broad, at the western extremity of which the waters were wholesome and the winters mild ; that a river emptied into it from the south, which had its source in the country of the Iroquois ; that beyond this lake he would find a cataract and portage; then another lake about equal to the former, which they had never explored...
Page 43 - ... which the Niagara is precipitated at the Falls. Many have been the successive revolutions in organic life, and many the vicissitudes in the physical geography of the globe, and often has sea been converted into land, and land into sea, since that rock was formed. The Alps, the Pyrenees, the Himalaya, have not only begun to exist as lofty mountain chains, but the solid materials of which they are composed have been slowly elaborated beneath the sea within the stupendous interval of ages here alluded...
Page 18 - The rebounding of these waters is so great, that a sort of cloud arises from the foam of it, which is seen hanging over this abyss, even at noon-day, when the sun is at its height.

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