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fore as affording evidence that the human that of the air was only 28°. Now, as this species had been called into existence during difference of temperature will be a maximum the formation of the secondary strata. about sunrise, the current'of air issuing from Geologists pointed out the inaccuracy of this the crevices will produce sounds which may opinion, and proved that the enclosing mass be modified by its impulse against the elastic was not a portion of the older strata of the films of mica that may project into the crecrust of the earth, but merely a portion of vices. Messrs Jomard, Jollois and De. one of those calcareous formations daily villiers heard, at sunrise, in a monument taking place on the shores of the West India of granite, placed at the centre of the spot Islands. It is well known to geologists, on which the Palace of Karnak stands, a that several extensive tracts in Germany are noise resembling that of a string breaking. covered with a deep deposite of calcareous Humboldt's Personal Narrative, vol. iv. tuffa, which contains fossil remains of the Meteoric Phenomenon called the Lantern mastodonton, megatherium, Irish elk, (Alci of Maracaybo.—This luminous phenomenon gigantea, Blum.), and elephant (Elephas is seen every night on a mountainous and primigeni), and other colossal animals, which uninhabited spot on the borders of the river are now considered as extinct.
In this very Catatumbo, near its junction with the Sulia. ancient alluvial formation, human skulls have Being nearly in the meridian of the opening been discovered ; and if the statements given of the Lake of Maracaybo, navigators are in regard to this interesting discovery, at guided by it as by a lighthouse. This light Meissen in Saxony, be correct, we have ob- is distinguished at a greater distance than tained a proof of the co-existence of the hu- 40 leagues. Some have ascribed it to the man race, .with the gigantic megatheria, effects of a thunder-storm, or of electrical elks, and elephants.
explosions, which might take place daily in Geology of Shetland Islands..Dr Hib- a pass in the mountains; while others prebert of Manchester, at present resident in tend that it is an air volcano. M. Palacios Edinburgh, has published the first part of observed it for two years at Merida. Hy, his geological description of the Shetland drogen gas is disengaged from the ground Islands, in the second number of the Edin- in the same district : this gas is constantly burgh Philosophical Journal. It would ap- accumulated in the upper part of the cavern pear from the details there given, that Dr Del Serrito de Monai, where it is generally Hibbert considers nearly the whole of Shet- set on fire to surprise travellers.See Hum. land as of primitive formation ; and the re- boldt's Personal Narrative, vol, iv. p. 264. sult of one grand and simultaneous process Atmospherical or Meteoric Dust.-Proof crystallization. This view of primitive fessor Rafinesque of New York, in a paper rocks, although it may be objected to by on atmospheric dust, maintains, that an the mere collectors of specimens, and clos imperceptible dust falls at all times from speculators, is not the less likely to be a the atmosphere, and that he has seen it on plausible interpretation of nature. --Professor mount Ætna, on the Alps, on the Alleghany Jameson, in the first number of the Edin. and Castskill mountains in America, and burgh Philosophical Journal, proposes the also on the Ocean. This is the same dust same opinion, and has there given such de- which accumulates in our apartments, and tails as incline us to view this speculation in renders itself peculiarly visible in the beams a favourable light; and as one likely to
of the sun.
He has found it to accumulate improve geological science.
at the rate of from one-fourth of an inch to Felspar, and Pitchstone, varieties of the one inch in a year, but in such a fleecy same species. In the islands of Arran, state, that it could be compressed to oneMull, Egg, and Skye, pitchstone occurs in third of its height. Hence he takes the beds, veins, and embedded masses, in rocks average of the yearly deposite at about oneof various descriptions. It appears to run sixth of an inch.- American Journal of into felspar, thus shewing that it is nearly Science, No. iv. p. 397. allied to that substance, and indeed, that Royal Geological Society in Cornwall. the two substances are probably varieties of This flourishing society. owes much to its the same species. In the mineral system, former secretary, Dr Parys, and to the acpitchstone ought to be placed near compact tive and enlightened exertions of Davies felspar, and under the name Resinous Gilbert, Esq. M.P. Lord de Dunstanville, Felspar.
and the present accomplished and learned Subterraneous Sounds in Granite Rocks.- secretary, Dr Forbes. At the anniversary M. Humboldt was informed by most credi- meeting held at Penzance, end of Septemble witnesses, that subterraneous sounds, ber, many valuable papers were read, of like those of an organ, are heard towards which the following list has been published. sunrise, by those who sleep upon the granite 1. On the Importance of Mineralogical rocks on the banks of the Oroonoko. He nd Geological Knowledge to the practical supposes them to arise from the difference Miner ; by Dr Forbes, the secretary. of temperature between the external air and 2. On the Granite Veins of Cornwall ; by the air in the narrow and deep crevices of Mr Joseph Carne. the shelves of rocks. During the day, these 3. Dr Forbes on the Geology of St Mi. crevices are heated to 48° or 50°. The tem. chael's Mount. perature of their surface was often 39°, when 4. On Elvan Courses, by Davies Gilbert,
Esq. M.P. Vice-President of the Royal So- Suicides in Paris. The number of suis ciety, President.
cides committed and attempted in Paris and 5. On the Temperature of Mines, by Mr its environs in the four months of January, R. W. Fox.
February, March, and April, amounted to 6. On the Temperature of Mines, by Dr 124. Of these persons 33 were women ; Forbes.
64 of them were single, and 60 had been 7. On the Geology of the West of Cornó married. The greater number destroyed life wall, Part II. by Dr Forbes.
by the use of fire arms, the vapour of char8. Appendix to the above, by Professor coal, or by drowning ; 46 resorted to the Jameson.
last method. This period of the first fout Besides the above, there were several pa- months of this year, compared with the pers presented which there was not time to same period of the last year, offers an excess read; among which were a paper by the of 41 suicides. Rev. Mr Greathead ; a short account of the By the end of June the number amount. coal field of Pontypool by Mr Llewellyn ; ed to 199, of which 137 were committed by a valuable paper by Mr R. W. Fox, on the men, and 62 by women ; 102 of these were Transmission of Heat through different sure married, and 97 were unmarried. These have faces ; Mr König on the Cornish Minerals been arranged in a sort of scale according to in the British Museum.
the causes, thus for love, 17; illness, dis Preservation of Water at Sea.-M. Per taste of life, insanity, domestic trouble, 65; net, after an examination of the means bad conduct, gaming, lottery, 28 ; misery, which are, or may be, adopted for the pre- poverty, deranged affairs; 47 ; fear of reservation of fresh water at sea, gives the pre- proaches and punishment, 6: unknown ference to the following: 14 parts of oxide motives, 36 ; in the wbole 199, of which of manganese in powder is mixed with 250 63 were unsuccessful attempts, and 146 parts of water, and agitated every fifteen were completed. days. In this way water has been preserv- Submarine Volcano near Shetland. The ed unchanged for seven years.
late Rev. George Low, author of the Pauna The editor of the Annales de Chimie ob. Orcadensis, in a tour through the Shetland serves, that oxide of manganese has the Islands during the summer of 1774 (the power, not only of preserving water, but of MS. of which is in the possession of Dr Hibrendering that sweet which has become pu. bert), collected some curious information trid ; but he also points out the important from the island of Fetlar, which appears to circumstance, that the oxide is slightly solu- have fixed the site of a submarine volcano ble in water, and therefore recommends the at no great distance from the British Isles. use of iron tanks for the water, as in Eng. The late Andrew Bruce, Esq. of Urie, in a land.
statistical account of the Island, communi. Simultaneous existence of Salt and Fresh cated to Mr Low, says, “ In 1768, we had Water Mollusca, in the Gulf of Livonia. the visible signs of a submarine shock, which The difficulty experienced in Geology, of threw ashore vast quantities of shell-fish of explaining the simultaneous existence in different kinds, and of all sizes, with conget certain strata of salt and fresh water shells, eels, and other sorts of fish, but all dead; and also the importance, perhaps exaggerat- at the same time, the sea, for several miles ed, which many persons have attached to round, was of a dark muddy colour for sethis discovery, induced M. Beudant, some veral days after." years since, to undertake experiments, with Calculation of the Period of a Second the view of ascertaining if it were possible Deluge. According to the calculations of to habituate marine shell mollusca to live in the learned astronomer of Bremen, M. 01fresh water, and, vice versa, fresh water shell bers, after a lapse of 83,000 years, a comet mollusca to live in salt water. It appeared will approach to the earth in the same proxfrom the results obtained, that these changes imity as the moon ; after 4,000,000 years it could really take place, but the mixture of will approach to the distance of 7,700 geothese two sorts of animals in the same wa- graphical miles, and then, if its attraction ter had not been observed in nature. M. equals that of the earth, the waters of the de Freminville, lieutenant of a vessel, a ocean will be elevated 13,000 feet, and a zealous cultivator of the sciences of Zoology deluge will necessarily ensue! after a lapse and Geology, has announced, in a letter to of 220,000,000 years, it will clash with the M. Brongniart, dated February 11, 1819, earth. this curious discovery." The lesser degree Strength of Ætna Wines.-The followof saltness of the waters of the Baltic Sea is ing wines were furnished to me by Mr more sensible in the Gulf of Livonia than Ridgway. The specific gravity of the alany where else. It is such that the fresh cohol, of which the proportions per cent. are water mollusca live there very well; and I given beneath, is 825 at 60° F. have found on the shores of Unios, Cycla. Ætna red contained 18.9 per cent. des, and Anodontes, living intermingled Ætna white 18.16 ditto. with cardiums, tellenes, and Venus's, shell Ætna Sercial 19 ditto. fish which generally live in the most salt Ætna white Falernian 18.99 ditto. waters."-Journal de Physique, July 17, Ætna red Falernian 20 ditto. M. F. 1812.
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