Explanations and Sailing Directions to Accompany the Wind and Current Charts: Approved by Commodore Charles Morris, Chief of the Bureau of Ordnance and Hydrography; and Pub. by Authority of Hon. J.P. Kennedy, Secretary of the Navy

C. Alexander, printer, 1853 - 492 Seiten

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Seite 291 - The wind goeth toward the south, and turneth about unto the north; it whirleth about continually, and the wind returneth again according to his circuits.
Seite 283 - All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full; unto the place from whence the rivers come, thither they return again.
Seite 12 - It surrounds us on all sides, yet we see it not ; it presses on us with a load of fifteen pounds on every square inch of surface of our bodies, or from seventy to one hundred tons on us in all, yet we do not so much as feel its weight. Softer than the softest down, more impalpable than the finest gossamer—- it leaves the cobweb undisturbed, and scarcely stirs the lightest flower that feeds on the dew it supplies ; yet it bears the fleets of nations on its wings around the world, and crushes the...
Seite 68 - The great rivers of North America and North Africa, and all the rivers of Europe and Asia, lie wholly within the northern hemisphere. How is it then, considering that the evaporating surface lies mainly in the southern hemisphere — how is it...
Seite 86 - The lowering sky sheds a dim, almost straw-colored light on the desolate plain. The horizon draws suddenly nearer, the steppe seems to contract, and with it the heart of the wanderer.
Seite 76 - ... that which encumbers his lungs, and which nature has caused his blood to bring and leave there, that respiration may take up and carry off. At other times the air is dry and hot; he feels that it is conveying off matter from the lungs too fast; he realizes the idea that it is consuming him, and he calls the sensation parching.
Seite 12 - We should have no twilight to soften and beautify the' landscape; no clouds to shade us from the scorching heat, but the bald earth, as it revolved on its axis, would turn its tanned and weakened front to the full and unmitigated rays of the lord of day. It affords the gas which vivifies and warms our frames, and receives into itself that which has been polluted by use, and is thrown off as noxious. It feeds the flame of life exactly as it does that of the...
Seite 76 - ... compensation" in the atmosphere and the ocean, upon the right adjustment and due performance of which depends not only the life of that plant, but the well-being of every individual that is found in the entire vegetable and animal kingdoms of the world ? When the east winds blow along the Atlantic coast for a little while, they bring us air saturated with moisture from the Gulf Stream, and we complain of the sultry, oppressive, heavy atmosphere ; the invalid grows worse, and the well man feels...
Seite 86 - Half concealed by the dark clouds of dust, restless with the pain of thirst and hunger, the horses and cattle roam around, the cattle lowing dismally, and the horses stretching out their long necks and snuffing the wind, if haply a moister current may betray the neighborhood of a not wholly dried up pool.
Seite 36 - Gulf-stream have been more accurately defined, and the existence of almost equally remarkable systems of currents in the Indian Ocean, on the coast of China, and on the North-western coast of America and elsewhere has been ascertained : there are, in fact, very few departments of the science of meteorology and hydrography which have not received very valuable additions ; whilst the...

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