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Pàgina 145 - Hell-door, in North Holland, so called because of the enormous pressure of the North Sea at this point. This dyke measures six miles in length, and is built entirely of granite blocks from Norway. The number of dykes in the interior along rivers, as well as on shore, may be understood from the frequent recurrence of the termination dam, ie, dyke, in names of places. Every precaution is taken to preserve them ; the stork, for example, is protected by law, because it eats the frogs and worms that would...
Pàgina 344 - The head of the executive is a president, elected indirectly — «'. e., with the intervention of an electoral college — by the people, every four years. The legislative power is lodged with Congress, which consists of a senate and a house of representatives. The members of the former are elected for six years, by the several state legislatures, each legislature electing two.
Pàgina 4 - ... length of day and night, and the succession of the seasons, are due to the revolution of the earth round the sun. Before proceeding, however, to that subject, certain circles traced on the globe demand explanation. Circles on the Globe, how divided. — Since angles at the centre of a circle are proportional to the subtending arcs, these arcs may be taken as measures of their corresponding angles. The circumference of every circle on the globe is divided into 360 equal parts, called degrees ;...
Pàgina 127 - Devol is the modern name of Deavolis. It is situated on a river of the same name. which falls into the Apsos five miles below Berat. The pass is now called the Boghaz of Tzangon. Achrida and Deavolis were the two cities which commanded the two roads leading from the Adriatic to Thessalonica. Anna Comn.
Pàgina 437 - Paraguay called matt6 (p. 391). The finest quality of coffee is produced in Arabia ; but the largest quantities are exported by Brazil and Java. Colonial produce includes tea, coffee, tobacco, and spices. Coliseum, or colosseum, is the name of the largest amphitheatre ever built. It was begun by the Emperor Vespasian, and finished by his son Titus, AD 80 ; at the present day it is the most extensive ruin in Eome.
Pàgina 333 - ... taken into consideration. This belt, which varies in width from two to four hundred miles, extends from the British possessions on the north to Mexico on the south, a distance of over twelve hundred miles, and includes an area of about four hundred thousand square miles. The lumber for every house built upon this broad space must...
Pàgina 434 - ... as to screen the eyes from the glare of the sun, — the cleft prehensile upper lip, and the powerful upper incisor teeth, for browsing on the dry tough prickly shrubs of the desert, — the hunch acting as a reservoir of nutriment against a time of long abstinence, — and the assemblage of water...

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