Arran; Its Topography, Natural History, And Antiquities, By The Landsboroughs, Father And Son. Its…

Paperback | October 15, 2012

byDavid Landsborough

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1875 edition. Excerpt: ...fans. Had I believed in the existence of fairies as I did in my childish years, I could have imagined that some marine Queen Mab, and all the ladies of her court, were congregated amid the brauchlets and filaments of the little Alga, Materiem superabat opus; every fan was of exquisite workmanship. Raised on a little stem they were spread out so as to form in some cases more than a semi-circle, the rays numbering from ten to twenty-six. Each ray or frustule was wedge-shaped, and a little denticulated at the top. The upper part was ambercoloured, and as each ray had a lighter coloured dot in the centre of this portion, these bright dots formed a crescent of sea-gems, adorning the fan. Under this amber-coloured portion there was a pellucid band; the lower part of the fan being amber-coloured like the upper. Aided by a microscope the whole was so beautiful, that a lady to whom I showed a portion of it thus magnified, told me--" I could not fall asleep for a long time that night, as the lovely fans seemed ever before my eyes; and when I did sleep I dreamed of them." What adds to the wonders of these Diotomacese, is that they are partly formed of flint, which they extract from the waters, so that though seemingly frail, they are imperishable! It is one of the interesting discoveries of recent times that these little animals serve a most important purpose in the economy of nature, and that of a kind we could not have anticipated, for the functions of animal life are reversed in these infusorial animalcules. Instead of evolving carbonic acid gas, as other animals do, they evolve oxygen so pure that a small bit of deal matchwood, on which a flame has just been extinguished, will, if immersed in the air-bubbles given out by the water in which these...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1875 edition. Excerpt: ...fans. Had I believed in the existence of fairies as I did in my childish years, I could have imagined that some...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:118 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.25 inPublished:October 15, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217175856

ISBN - 13:9780217175852

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