Scottish Geographical Magazine, Volume 16

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Royal Scottish Geographical Society., 1900 - Electronic journals
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Page 551 - I into Egypt and Arabia, And here, not far from Alexandria, Whereas the Terrene and the Red Sea meet, Being distant less than full a hundred • leagues, I meant to cut a channel to them both, ! That men might quickly sail to India.
Page 190 - I am directed by the lords commissioners of her Majesty's treasury to acquaint you that, from information which has been received, it has become necessary to take additional means for preventing any such attempt.
Page 562 - Cochabambo. 10. Cool and moderately damp. — Vienna, Melbourne, Toronto, Chicago. 11. Cool and dry. — Tashkent, Simla, Cheyenne. 12. Cool and very dry. — Yarkand, Denver. 13. Cold (temperature 32 or less) and very damp. — Ben Nevis, Sagastyr, Godthaab. 14. Cold and moderately damp. — Tomsk, Pike's Peak, Polaris House. 15. Cold and dry. — 16. Cold and very dry. — Pamir. The actual mean temperature of the earth amounted, according to his computation, to 57...
Page 300 - To give uniform directions for the hydrographical and biological researches in accordance with the resolutions drawn up in the programme of the present Conference, or in accordance with such modifications as may be introduced later with the consent of the States represented.
Page 550 - But we must never forget the grand part in bringing together, within whispering distance as it were, the different parts of the world, and consequently of our world-wide Empire, which has been taken in the past by such Napoleonic organisers as the late Sir John Fender. It is to him and to such men as he that we owe those splendid beginnings which by means of vital reflexes from the nerve-centre of the Empire have helped to fire our white fellow-subjects all over the globe with a loftier patriotism...
Page 60 - If the shoaling of the lava ocean up to the surface had taken place everywhere at the same time, the whole surface of the consistent solid would be the dead level of the liquid lava all round, just before its depth became zero. On this supposition there seems no possibility that our presentday continents could have risen to their present heights, and that the surface of the solid in its other parts could have sunk down to their present ocean depths, during the twenty or twenty-five million years...
Page 548 - ... diminution of distance by the improvements which have been made in the ships themselves and in their propelling machines. Across the Atlantic the rapidity of travelling and the general average speed of all cargo steamers have increased remarkably. Very interesting statistics on this point were given to the British Association for the Advancement of Science last year, at Dover, by Sir William White in the Presidential Address of Section G. We may say, without repeating details, that during the...
Page 547 - ... been fruitful in such improvements. During this century the six months' voyage round the Cape to India became a forty and then a thirty days' journey by what was known as the overland route for mails and passengers through Egypt. By degrees it had become shorter still by the railway extensions on the Continent and by the unbroken steamship passage through the Suez Canal, until now the mails and hurrying travellers may reach London in twelve or fourteen days after leaving Bombay ; and the great...
Page 543 - Some merely require to be interpreted thoughtfully, while others, after diligent study, may still regain dubious and matter fjr speculation. Geography is the true basis of historical investigation and the elucidation of contemporary movements. At the present time great social and political changes are occurring throughout the world — in Europe, Asia, Africa, and America, and in the islands of the great seas. These changes are absolutely dependent upon the physical peculiarities of the different...
Page 544 - ... and a love of liberty, in addition to that dignified but enthusiastic acceptance, already referred to, of the constitutional sovereignty of the same Queen. We may hope that generous democratic expansiveness and social assimilation will also in time detain willingly within the limits of this British confederacy of white peoples those other Christians and distant kinsfolk of ours in South Africa who are at present so bitterly antagonistic. Ruled and controlled under liberal ideals by the...

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