Cosmos Volume 5; a sketch of a physical description of the universe

9781151050618: Cosmos Volume 5; a sketch of a physical description of the universe
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1865 Excerpt: ...TrigonomHriques, vol. i, p. 304. 40 The Sangay is extremely remarkable from its uninterrupted activity and its position, being removed somewhat to the eastward from the eastern Cordillera of Quito, to the south of the Rio Pastaza, and at a distance of 120 miles from the nearest coast of the Pacific,--a position which (like that of the volcanoes of the Celestial mountains in Asia) by no means supports the theory according to which the eastern Cordilleras of Chili are free from volcanic eruptions on account of their distance from the sea. The talented Darwin has not omitted referring in detail to this old and widely diffused volcanic littoral theory in the Geological Observations on South America, 1846, p. 185. 41 I measured Popocatepetl, which is also called the Volcan Grande de Mexico, in the plain of Tetimba, near the Indian village San Nicolas de los Ranchos. It seems to me to be still uncertain which of the two volcanoes, Popocatepetl or the peak of Orizaba, is the highest (see Humboldt, Beceuil d'Observ. Astron., vol. ii, p. 543). 42 The peak of Orizaba, clothed with perpetual snow, the geographical position of which was quite erroneously indicated on all maps before my journey, notwithstanding the importance of this point for Eliat Mount0 (on the west coast of North America): 17,855 feel, according to the measurements of Quadra and Galeano. The volcano of Tolima: 18,143 feet, according to a trigonometrical measurement by Humboldt. The volcano of Arequipa: 18,883 feet, according to a trigonometrical measurement by Dolley...,,t,m,1;ii, i:--ii i------i navigation near the landing-place in Vera Cruz, was first measured trigonometrieally from the Encero by Ferrer, in 1796. The measurement gave 17,879 feet. I attempted a similar operation in a small pl...

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