Curiosities of Travel, Or, Glimpses of Nature

Paperback | February 7, 2012

byCharles Armar Wilkins

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1876 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER II. ALPS AND GLACIERS. Alpine characteristics--Glaciers--Their formation and movement--The Aletsch Glacier--Dangers of alpine exploration--Crevasses--Their extent and beauty--The Col du Geant--Avalanches--Classifications of them--Dust avalanche--Its harrowing effects--The Col de Balme--Traditional disasters--Alpine tempests--Electrical currents--A storm in the Western Alps--Alpine climbing--Fatal ascent of the Matterhorn--Mont Blanc and its marvels. TT7"HEN "the Alps" are mentioned incidentally, either in conversation or in books, it is concluded at once that the speaker or writer refers to that magnificent, semicircular range of mountains in Europe which, commencing at the Gulf of Genoa, separates Germany from Italy, and terminates a little to the north of the Gulf of Venice. Nor, in nineteen instances out of twenty, would the inference be wrong. Nevertheless, in physical geography the term Alps--which is of Celtic origin, and signifies heights--is applied to every mountainous region where the snow falls continuously or heavily, and accumulates in thick masses on its slopes; or where, in other words, a line of perpetual snow distinguishes the several elevations. Eegions presenting such characteristics as these are not restricted, of course, to the area of Europe; they abound in all parts of the world, though it may be very much less is heard of the Arctic, the Himalayan, the Chilian, or the Australasian, than of the Maritime, the Pennine, the Helvetian, or the Indian Alps. Tet, for extent and elevation, for interest and sublimity, the former oftentimes rival, and in some cases actually surpass, the latter. Nature distributes her marvels, like her gifts, with an equable as well as a prodigal hand. Our remarks, however, in the present connexion will ...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1876 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER II. ALPS AND GLACIERS. Alpine characteristics--Glaciers--Their formation and movement--The Aletsch Glacier--Dangers of a...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:40 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.08 inPublished:February 7, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217777910

ISBN - 13:9780217777919

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