Evenings At The Microscope; Or, Researches Among The Minuter Organs And Forms Of Animal Life

Paperback | February 6, 2012

byPhilip Henry Gosse

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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. 1883. Excerpt: ... CHAFfER XVIII. ZOOPHYTES. It is pleasant to go down to the shore on a bright autumnal morning at low water, when the tide has receded far, exposing great areas of wet sand and wildernesses of rugged rocks draped with black and red weed. It is pleasant to make our way on cautious foot round some frowning point whose base is usually beaten by the billows; to travel among the slippery boulders, now leaping from one to another, now winding between them, now creeping under their beetling roofs; to penetrate where we have never ventured before, and to explore with a feeling of undefined awe the wild solitudes where the hollow sea growls, and the grey gull wails. It is pleasant to get under the shadow of the tall cliffs of limestone, to creep into low, arching caves, and there to stoop and peer into the dark pools, which lie filled to the brim with water as clear as crystal, and as unruffled as a well. What little worlds are these rugged basins! How full of life all unsuspected by the rude stone-cutter that daily trudges by them to and from his work in the marble quarry of the cliff above! What arts, and wiles, and stratagems are being practised there! what struggles for mastery, for food, for life! what pursuits and flights! what pleasant gambols! what conjugal and parental affections! what varied enjoyments! what births! what deaths! are every hour going on in these unruffled wells, beneath the brown shadow of the umbrageous oarweed, or over the waving slopes of the bright green Ulva, or among the feathery branches of the crimson Ceramium! I have just been exploring some of these rock-wells, and have rifled them of not a few of their living treasures, bringing home the spoils, that you may share with me in the enjoyment of examining them. The Zoophytes are her...

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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. 1883. Excerpt: ... CHAFfER XVIII. ZOOPHYTES. It is pleasant to go down to the shore on a bright autumnal morning at low water, when the tide has ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:124 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.26 inPublished:February 6, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217830714

ISBN - 13:9780217830713

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