Memoirs of the Connecticut Academy of Arts & Sciences

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Página 68 - From a careful comparison of these facts," he says, " it appears that the weather, in modern winters, is more inconstant, than when the earth was covered with wood, at the first settlement of Europeans in the country ; that the warm weather of autumn extends further into the winter months, and the cold weather of winter and spring encroaches upon the summer ; that the wind being more variable, snow is less permanent, and perhaps the same remark may be applicable to the ice of the rivers. These effects...
Página 42 - evidence of things not seen," in the fulness of Divine grace ; and was profound on this, the greatest concern of human life, while unable even to comprehend how the " inclination of the earth's axis to the plane of its orbit" could be the cause of the change of the seasons.
Página 40 - A change in our climate, however, is taking place very sensibly. Both heats and colds are become much more moderate within the memory even of the middle-aged. Snows are less frequent and less deep. They do not often lie, below the mountains, more than one, two, or three days, and very rarely a week. They are remembered to have been formerly frequent, deep, and of long continuance. The elderly inform me, the earth used to be covered with snow...
Página 202 - Justice; the first to whom mortals raised temples ; represented as holding a sword in one hand, and a pair of scales in the other.
Página 37 - The frost was so great and continual this winter, that all the bay was frozen over, so much and so long, as the like, by the Indians...
Página 172 - ... thirty on the other (some allowance being made for the resistance of the air and the motion of the earth), the body will revolve in an ellipsis, returning in regular periods. Now, the velocity of the meteors, which have been observed, has generally been estimated to be rather more than three hundred miles in a minute. In some instances it is perhaps too great to suffer the body ever to return ; but in most cases, it is calculated to be such as would be necessary in describing the lower part of...
Página 142 - The attention of Judge Wheeler was first drawn by a Sudden flash of light, which illuminated every object. Looking up he discovered in the north a globe of fire, just then passing behind the cloud, which obscured, though it did not entirely hide the meteor. In this situation its appearance was distinct, and well defined, like that of the sun seen through a mist. It rose from the north, and proceeded in a direction nearly perpendicular to the horizon...
Página 149 - All the stones, when first found, were friable, being easily broken between the fingers ; this was especially the case, where they had been buried in the moist earth ; but by exposure to the air, they gradually hardened. This stone was all in fragments, none of which exceeded the size of a man's fist, and was rapidly dispersed by numerous visitors, who carried it away at pleasure. Indeed we found it difficult to obtain a sufficient supply of specimens of the various stones, an object, which was at...

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