The Earth and Its Inhabitants: The northeast Atlantic. Islands of the North Atlantic, Scandinavia, European islands of the Arctic Ocean, Russia in Europe

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Pagina 52 - What if it tempt you toward the flood, my lord, Or to the dreadful summit of the cliff That beetles o'er his base into the sea, And there assume some other horrible form, Which might deprive your sovereignty of reason And draw you into madness?
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Pagina 454 - ... was no prospect of his ascending the throne, and his education was therefore directed rather to military than to State affairs ; but in April, 1865, he became heir-apparent by the death of his elder brother, the Grand Duke Nicholas, from consumption ; and in November of the following year he married Dagmar, daughter of the King of Denmark, and sister of the Princess of Wales and the King of Greece. The Princess had formerly been betrothed to the Grand Duke Nicholas, and it was understood that...
Pagina 399 - VOLGA. goods brought down the Volga are landed at the bend nearest the Don, and forwarded to that river. When besieging Astrakhan the Sultan Selim II. had already endeavoured to cut a canal between the two rivers, in order to transport his supplies to the Caspian. Peter the Great resumed the works, but the undertaking was abandoned, and until the middle of the present century the portage was crossed only by beasts of burden and waggons.
Pagina 83 - ... lofty table-lands between Norway and Sweden keep back the warm moist winds from the Atlantic ; and hence the Swedish coast is much drier and colder, and has a somewhat continental climate. The interior has a short warm summer and a long cold winter ; the west coast a cool summer and a mild winter. (i) "This stream of warm water gives to Norway its climate, to the people their trade, commerce, daily food, their very lives, so to speak ; for, but for it, the shores of the fiords would be blocked...
Pagina 309 - Imperial rice,' because it was in my gardens that it was first cultivated. It is the only kind that can ripen north of the Great Wall, where the cold begins very early and ends very late ; but in the provinces of the South, where the climate is milder, and the soil more fertile, it is easy to obtain two harvests a year from it, and it is a sweet consolation to me to have procured this advantage for my people...
Pagina 340 - Onega, some 300 miles farther north, and the climate is, in fact, about 2° colder than in the surrounding districts. Yet the Valdai flora differs on the whole but little, if at all, from that of the plains stretching towards the great lakes, whence it has been concluded that these heights are of comparatively recent origin. They have no indigenous vegetation, all their species coming from the region released from its icy fetters at the close of the long glacial epoch. The plateau, now furrowed by...
Pagina 340 - ) and Valdai plateau, which may be taken as the true source of the stream. The highest ridges of the Valdai scarcely rise 220 feet above the plateau, although the chief crest, the Popova Gora, attains an altitude of 1,170 feet. The mean elevation of the land is also sufficient to give it a far more severe aspect than that of the Lovat and Lake Ilmen plains on the west and north-west.
Pagina 398 - Russians, westward by the Little Russians, in the south and in New Russia by colonies of every race and tongue, rendering this region a sort of common territory, where all the peoples of the empire except the Finns are represented. Owing to the great extent of the steppes, the population is somewhat less dense than in the Dnieper basin and Central Russia, but it is yearly and rapidly increasing. The...
Pagina 400 - Free from ice for about two hundred and forty days at its easternmost bend, the Don is sometimes so low and blocked with shoals that navigation becomes difficult even for flat-bottomed boats. During the two floods, at the melting of the ice in spring and in the summer rains, its lower course rises...

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