Excursions in New South Wales, Western Australia, and Van Diemen's Land, During the Years 1830, 1831, 1832, and 1833

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Richard Bentley, 1835 - 420 pàgines
 

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Pàgina 165 - Hodmadods have: and setting aside their human shape, they differ but little from brutes. They are tall, straight-bodied, and thin, with small, long limbs. They have great heads, round foreheads, and great brows. Their eyelids are always half closed, to keep the flies out of their eyes...
Pàgina 127 - ... high as the common tides reach. That elevation surpassed, the future remnants, being rarely covered, lose their adhesive property ; and, remaining in a loose state, form what is usually called a key upon the top of the reef. The new bank is not long in being visited by sea birds ; salt plants take root upon it, and a soil begins to be...
Pàgina 128 - ... more every gale, adds something to the bank ; the form of an island is gradually assumed ; and last of all comes man to take possession.
Pàgina 150 - ... either from facts or circumstances, I shall leave those to find out who advanced it. In every part of New Zealand where I have been, fish was in such plenty, that the natives generally caught as much as served both themselves and us. They have also plenty of dogs; nor is there any want of wild fowl, which they know very well how to kill. So that neither this, nor the want of food of any kind, can, in my opinion, be the reason. But, whatever it may...
Pàgina 169 - So a wild Tartar, when he spies A man that's handsome, valiant, wise, If he can kill him, thinks t' inherit His wit, his beauty, and his spirit ; As if just so much he enjoy'd As in another is destroy'd...
Pàgina 165 - ... nostrils, and mouth too, if the lips are not shut very close: so that from their infancy being thus annoyed with these insects, they do never open their eyes as other people: and therefore they cannot see far, unless they hold up their heads, as if they were looking at somewhat over them.
Pàgina 127 - It seems to me, that when the animalcules, which form the corals at the bottom of the ocean, cease to live, their structures adhere to each other, by virtue either of the glutinous remains within, or of some property in salt water ; and the interstices being gradually filled up with sand and broken pieces of coral washed by the sea, which also adhere, a mass of rock is at length formed. Future races of these animalcules erect their habitations upon the rising bank, and die in their turn, to increase,...
Pàgina 139 - ... interior sea, where the water is salt, and where whales are seen to spout! The manner in which they imitated the whale throwing up water was so completely satisfactory, as to leave little doubt of the fact, as it is not likely these inland blacks could have known it but from actual observation. Here, then, is a problem that will repay the working, and the sooner we are relieved from the present state of suspense arising from such a report, the better!
Pàgina 226 - ... the most minute and rigid examination that we can persuade ourselves of its being the real beak or snout of a quadruped. The body is depressed, and has some resemblance to that of an otter in miniature : it is covered with a very thick, soft, and beaver-like fur, and is of a moderately dark brown above, and of a subferruginous white beneath.
Pàgina 126 - It is scarcely more than a mile in circumference, but appears to be increasing both in elevation and extent. At no very distant period of time, it was one of those banks produced by the washing up of sand and broken coral, of which most reefs afford instances, and those of Torres

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