The Canadian Naturalist and Geologist, Volume 2

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Dawson., 1857 - Geology
 

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Page 343 - And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
Page 247 - But thou shalt have a perfect and just weight, a perfect and just measure shalt thou have: that thy days may be lengthened in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.
Page 85 - ... great waves, separated from those beneath by the transparent firmament, and, like them too, impelled in rolling masses by the wind. A mighty advance has taken place in creation ; but its most conspicuous optical sign is the existence of a transparent atmosphere, — of a firmament stretched out over the earth, that separates the waters above from the waters below.
Page 371 - The units of the organic are species, which exhibit themselves in their simplest condition in the germ-cell state. The kingdoms of life, in all their magnificent proportions, are made from these units. Were these units capable of blending with one another indefinitely, they would no longer be units, and species could not be recognized. The system of life would be a maze of complexities ; and whatever its grandeur to a being that could comprehend the infinite, it would be unintelligible chaos to man.
Page 87 - Muse ! that on the secret top Of Oreb or of Sinai didst inspire That shepherd who first taught the chosen seed In the beginning how the heavens and earth Rose out of chaos.
Page 186 - For it is a philosophy which never rests, which has never attained, which is never perfect. Its law is progress. A point which yesterday was invisible is its goal to-day, and will be its starting-post to-morrow.
Page 254 - ... were accidentally inclosed. From this it is evident that the slate conglomerate was not deposited until the subjacent formation had been converted into gneiss, and very probably greatly disturbed ; for while the dip of the gneiss, up to the immediate vicinity of the slate conglomerate, was usually at high angles, that of the latter did not exceed nine degrees, and the sandstone above it was nearly horizontal.
Page 84 - Unreckoned ages, condensed in the vision into a few brief moments, pass away; the creative voice is again heard, " Let there be light," and straightway a gray diffused light springs up in the east, and, casting its sickly gleam over a cloud-limited expanse of steaming vaporous sea, journeys through the heavens towards the west. One heavy, sunless day is made the representative of myriads ; the faint light waxes...
Page 86 - Monstrous creatures, armed in massive scales, haunt the rivers, or scour the flat rank meadows ; earth, air, and water are charged with animal life ; and the sun sets on a busy scene, in which unerring instinct pursues unremittingly its few simple ends— the support and preservation of the...
Page 369 - ... value or law of force ; another, its value ; and so for all : and we perceive the fundamental notion of the distinction between species, when we view them from this potential stand-point. The species, in any particular case, began its existence when the first germ-cell or individual was created ; and if several germ-cells of equivalent force were created, or several individuals, each was but a repetition of the other : the species is in the potential nature of the individual, whether one or many...

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