It is probable that thepicturesque beauty of many parts of Europe exceeds anything whichwe beheld. Pernambuco, reef of. They marshalled us towardsthe house of Mr. Novae Zelandiae. Yet this man was the owner of several square miles ofland, of which nearly every acre would produce corn, and, with alittle trouble, all the common vegetables. General Rosas. Blanc. Pernambuco is built on some narrow and low sand-banks which areseparated from each other by shoal channels of salt water. The nitrate of soda was nowselling at the ship's side at fourteen shillings per hundredpounds: the chief expense is its transport to the sea-coast. Huacas. The other main line, namely, that of the Portillo, is of a totallydifferent formation: it consists chiefly of grand bare pinnacles ofa red potash-granite, which low down on the western flank arecovered by a sandstone, converted by the former heat into aquartz-rock. From hisaccount it seems that about eighty or ninety years ago, they wererare and kept as curiosities at Buenos Ayres. From the Strait of Magellan to theColorado, a distance of about eight hundred miles, the face of thecountry is everywhere composed of shingle: the pebbles are chieflyof porphyry, and probably owe their origin to the rocks of theCordillera. Hence it is easyto drive these lizards down to any little point overhanging thesea, where they will sooner allow a person to catch hold of theirtails than jump into the water. Tschudihas come to the conclusion, by the comparison of old and modernmaps, that the coast both north and south of Lima has certainlysubsided. ) Well may we affirm that every part of the world is habitable!Whether lakes of brine, or those subterranean ones hidden beneathvolcanic mountains--warm mineral springs--the wide expanse anddepths of the ocean--the upper regions of the atmosphere, and eventhe surface of perpetual snow--all support organic beings. ) It is also said that palms and bamboosfrom somewhere in the torrid zone, and trunks of northern firs, arewashed on shore; these firs must have come from an immensedistance.
- Spring '19
- Tierra del Fuego