Australian Geography, with the Shores of the Pacific and Those of the Indian Ocean: Designed for the Use of Schools in New South Wales ...

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Էջ 119 - ... at the distance of more than ten marine leagues from the ocean, the limit between the British possessions and the line of coast which is to belong to Russia as above mentioned...
Էջ 119 - Island, which point lies in the parallel of 54 degrees 40 minutes north latitude, and between the 131st and the 133d degree of west longitude, (meridian of Greenwich,) the said line shall ascend to the north along the channel called Portland Channel, as far as the point of the continent where it strikes the 56th degree of north latitude.
Էջ 138 - Fish. — The Chinese have a method of hatching the spawn of fish, and thus protecting it from those accidents which ordinarily destroy so large a portion of it.
Էջ 231 - ... with amazing boldness and grandeur. The stupendous height of these mountains ; the magnificence and variety of their lofty summits; the various nations by whom they are seen, and who seem to be brought together by this common object ; and the awful and undisturbed solitude which reigns amidst their eternal snows, fill the mind with admiration and astonishment, that no language can express.
Էջ 123 - Straits, at which part the climate is no longer warm. The air in these countries, naturally cold, is rendered still more so by the influence of the frozen sea: the great Pacific Ocean is not adequate to counterbalance its effects, being itself cooled by a great number of icebergs which enter it through Behring's Strait. These icebergs are often stopped between the Aleutian Islands and Andrinow, and occasion the cold fogs with which this part of the sea is covered. They are afterwards carried by the...
Էջ 144 - ... said to have naturally the yellow colour peculiar to it; but Mr. Barrow informs us, that this colour is not worn by the Chinese themselves, and that blue, black, and brown, are preferred by them. The Chinese ornamented papers, so much admired in Europe, it is unnecessary to describe. Their lackered ware would be highly distinguished, were it not here eclipsed by that of their Japanese neighbours. A number, however, of little ornamented trinkets and toys are made with the simplest instruments,...
Էջ 251 - ... principal establishment of the Portuguese in Eastern Africa. Though it derive its importance from being the emporium of the gold, ivory, and slaves, brought down the Zambeze, it is situated about 300 miles from the mouth of that river, and the trade is in a great measure transferred to Quillimane. It is built on an island, which has a good roadstead and a commodious pier, but affords by no means either a convenient or healthy situation. The principal inhabitants have their houses at Mesuril,...
Էջ 164 - The Lewchewans are a very small race- of people, the average height of the men not exceeding five feet two inches at the utmost. Almost the whole animal creation here is of diminutive size, but all excellent in their kind. Their bullocks seldom weighed more than...
Էջ 168 - Alocxylum verum, or eagle-wood, and the white sandal-wood, which are used as perfumes in al 1 the palaces of the east. The teak of that country surpasses the English oak for durability in ship-building. The iron-tree is quite common. The true ebony is indigenous in Cochin-China. In every district we find the sycamore, the Indian fig, and the banana, which, by the exuberance of its large leaves, forms a grove of itself. There are other trees rivalling these in beauty or in stateliness ; such are the...
Էջ 138 - ... •which they have previously emptied, stop up the hole, and put it under a sitting fowl. At the expiration of a certain number of days they break the shell in water warmed by the sun, the young fry are presently hatched, and are kept in pure fresh water till they are large enough to be...

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