The American Journal of Science and Arts

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S. Converse, 1864
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Page 125 - Annual Report of the Regents of the University of the State of New York, on the Condition of the State Cabinet of Natural History, and the Historical and Antiquarian Collection annexed thereto.
Page 106 - OLIVER (Professor)— FIRST BOOK OF INDIAN BOTANY. By Professor DANIEL OLIVER, FRS, FLS, Keeper of the Herbarium and Library of the Royal Gardens, Kew, With numerous Illustrations. Extra fcap. 8vo. 6s. 6d.
Page 433 - Resolved by the National Academy of Sciences, That, in the opinion of this academy, the volumes entitled "Sailing Directions," heretofore issued to navigators from the Naval Observatory, and the "Wind and Current Charts," which they are designed to illustrate and explain, embrace much which is unsound in philosophy, and little that is practically useful ; and that therefore these publications ought no longer to be issued in their present form.
Page 371 - From the beginning of the phenomenon there was not a space in the firmament equal in extent to three diameters of the moon which was not filled every instant with bodies or falling stars. All the meteors left luminous traces or phosphorescent bands behind them, which lasted seven or eight seconds.
Page 370 - And afterward they fell from the sky in such numbers, and so thickly together, that as they descended low in the air, they seemed large and fiery, and the sky and the air seemed to be in flames, and even the earth appeared as if ready to take fire. That portion of the sky where there were no stars, seemed to be divided into many parts, and this lasted for a long time.
Page 221 - ... is visible almost to their summits ; and though I have observed in Canada and Nova Scotia many old sea-beaches, gravel-ridges, and lakemargins, I have seen nothing that could fairly be regarded as the work of glaciers. The so-called moraines, in so far as my observation extends, are more probably shingle beaches and bars, old coast-lines loaded with boulders, trains of boulders or
Page 126 - Preliminary Notice of the Fauna of the Potsdam Sandstone ; with remarks upon the Previously known species of Fossils, and Descriptions of some New Ones, from the Sandstone of the Upper Mississippi Valley. Ibid., pp. 119-209, 6 plates. 127. Supplementary Note on the Potsdam Sandstone.
Page 174 - When accident brings them into the immediate neighbourhood of the earth, they produce the phenomena of shooting-stars and fireballs. It has been shown by repeated observation, that on a bright night twenty minutes seldom elapse without a shooting-star being visible to an observer in any situation. At certain times these meteors are observed in astonishingly great numbers; during the meteoric shower at Boston, which lasted nine hours, when they were said to fall " crowded together like snow-flakes,"...
Page 182 - ... excellent experiments made by Pouillet at different altitudes with the pyrheliometer. These experiments show that, everything else being equal, the generation of heat by the solar rays is more powerful in higher altitudes than near the surface of our globe, and that consequently a portion of these rays is absorbed on their passage through the atmosphere. Why, in spite of this partial absorption, the mean temperature of low altitudes is nevertheless higher than it is in more elevated positions,...
Page 197 - Still the variation in the. intensity of light is not universally such as should follow if the comet merely reflected the sun's rays under certain permanent conditions, and we are under the necessity of looking to physical causes inherent in the body itself for an explanation of some few observations which appear irreconcilable with the theory of reflected solar light.

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