The Earth and Man ...

Gould and Lincoln, 1855

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Side 21 - Geography ought to be something different from a mere description. It should not only describe, it should compare, it should interpret, it should rise to the how and the wherefore of the phenomena which it describes.
Side 21 - It must endeavor to seize those incessant mutual actions of the different portions of physical nature upon each other, of inorganic nature upon organized beings, upon man in particular, and upon the successive development of human societies, in a word, studying the reciprocal action of all these forces, the perpetual play of which constitutes what might be called the life of the globe, it should, if I may venture to say so, inquire into its physiology.
Side 82 - Alps; further north, it becomes deeper. The Adriatic, between Venice and Trieste, has a depth of only 130 feet. In these two cases, we see that the bed is only the continuation of the gentle inclination of the plains of Northern Germany and of Friuli.
Side 157 - Floods of forty feet rise and upwards are frequent at this season in the great rivers of South America; the llanos of the Orinoco are changed into an inland sea. The Amazon inundates the plains through which it flows to a vast distance. The Paraguay forms lagoons, which, like those of Xarayes, are more than three hundred miles in length, and ooze away during the dry season.
Side 264 - In man, the degree of perfection of the types is in proportion to the degree of intellectual and moral improvement. The law is of a moral order.
Side 233 - As the plant is made for the animal, as the vegetable world is made for the animal world, America is made for the man of the Old World.... The man of the Old World sets out upon his way. Leaving the highlands of Asia, he descends from station to station towards Europe. Each of his steps is marked by a new civilization superior to the preceding, by a greater power of development. Arrived at the Atlantic, he pauses on the shore of this unknown ocean, the bounds of which he knows not, and turns upon...
Side 269 - ... influences, forgetful of his high moral destination. In the temperate climates all is activity, movement. The alternations of heat and cold, the changes of the seasons, a fresher and more bracing air, incite man to a constant struggle, to forethought, to the vigorous employment of all his faculties.
Side 255 - ... continents, at the centre of AsiaEurope, in the regions of Iran, of Armenia, and of the Caucasus ; and, departing from this geographical centre in the three grand directions of the lands, the types gradually lose the beauty of their forms, in proportion to their distance, even to the extreme pointr of the southern continents, where we find the most deformed and degenerate races, and the lowest in the scale of humanity.
Side 327 - Asia, Europe, and North America, are the three grand stages of humanity in its march through the ages. Asia is the cradle where man passed his infancy, under the authority of law, and where he learned his dependence upon a sovereign master. Europe is the school where his youth was trained, where he waxed in strength and knowledge, grew to manhood, and learned at once his liberty and his moral responsibility.

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