A Voyage to Cadiz and Gibraltar, Up the Mediterranean to Sicily and Malta, in 1810 & II, Including a Description of Sicily and the Lipari Islands, and an Excursion in Portugal, Volumen2

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Página 320 - Dolomieu, — That, if there is any circumstance thoroughly established in geology, it is, that the crust of our globe has been subjected to a great and sudden revolution, the epoch of which cannot be dated much farther back than five or six thousand years ago ; that this revolution had buried all the countries which were before inhabited by men and by the other animals that are now best known...
Página 310 - Etna, they have discovered evident marks of seven distinct lavas, one under the other; the surfaces of which are parallel, and most of them covered with a thick bed of rich earth : now...
Página 313 - ... ignorance the foundation of our infidelity, or suffering a minute philosopher to rob us of our religion. Your objections to revelation may be numerous ; you may find fault with the account which Moses has given of the creation and the fall ; you may not be able to get water enough for an universal deluge ; nor room enough in the ark of Noah. for all the different kinds of aerial and terrestrial animals...
Página 311 - Carthagenian war ; and in the second place it may be observed that the time necessary for converting lavas into fertile fields must be very different, according to the different consistencies of the lavas, and their different situations with respect to...
Página 310 - It might be briefly answered to this objection, by denying that there is any thing in the history of Moses repugnant to this opinion, concerning the great antiquity of the earth ; for though the rise and progress of arts and sciences, and the small multiplication of the human species, render it almost to a demonstration probable, that man has not existed longer upon the surface of this earth than according to the Mosaic account; yet that the earth itself was then created out of nothing, when man...
Página 246 - ... and that from the spot on which they formerly stood hot water had sprung up to a considerable height, mixed with sand of a ferruginous nature; that near this place also some countrymen and shepherds had been swallowed up with their teams of oxen and their flocks of...
Página 309 - And these philosophers contend that they have indubitable proof of the earth's being at the least fourteen thousand years old ; and they complain that Moses hangs as a dead weight upon them, and blunts all their zeal for inquiry.
Página 311 - ... their being exposed to winds, rains, and to other circumstances : just as the time in which the heaps of iron slag (which resembles lava) are covered with verdure, is different at different furnaces, according...
Página 287 - These are furnished by the different convents and religious fraternities, who vie with each other in the richness and elegance of the work. Some of them are not less than sixty feet high. They are filled with figures of saints and of angels, made of wax, so natural and so admirably well pain led , that many of them seem really to be alive.
Página 313 - Recupero — to take care not to make his mountain older than Moses ; though it would have been full as well, to have shut his mouth with a reason, as to have stopped it with the dread of an ecclesiastical censure.

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