A Glossary of Mineralogy

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Longman, Green, Longman, and Roberts, 1861 - Mineralogy - 420 pages
 

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Page 267 - There came unto him a woman having an alabaster box of very precious ointment, and poured it on his head, as he sat at meat.
Page 326 - For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold. She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her.
Page 363 - And he lifted up his face to the window, and said, Who is on my side ? who ? And there looked out to him two or three eunuchs.
Page 29 - The Pitch Lake is one and a half miles in circumference ; the bitumen is solid and cold near the shores, but gradually increases in temperature and softness towards the centre, where it is boiling. The solidified bitumen appears as if it had cooled, as the surface boiled, in large bubbles. The ascent to the lake from the sea, a distance of threequarters of a -mile, is covered with a hardened pitch, on which trees and vegetables flourish ; and about Point la Braye, the masses of pitch look like black...
Page 28 - The arsenic is taken pure in some warm liquid, as coffee, fasting, beginning with a bit the size of a pin's head, and increasing to that of a pea. The complexion and general appearance are much improved, and the parties using it seldom look so old as they really are; hut he has never heard of any caso in which it was used to improve personal beauty, though he cannot say that it never is so used.
Page 28 - ... so used. The first dose is always followed by slight symptoms of poisoning, such as burning pain in the stomach and sickness, but not very severe. Once begun it can only be left off by very gradually diminishing the daily dose, as a sudden cessation causes sickness, burning pains in the stomach, and other symptoms of poisoning, very speedily followed by death.
Page 266 - Six of their names on one stone, and the other six names of the rest on the other stone, according to their birth.
Page 65 - Guzerat, and are generally cut and polished in Cambay. On being taken from their native bed, they are exposed to the heat of the sun for two years : the longer they remain in that situation the brighter and deeper will be the colour of the stone ; fire is sometimes substituted for the solar ray, but with less effect, as the stones frequently crack, and seldom acquire a brilliant lustre. After having undergone this process, they are boiled for two days, and sent to the manufactories at Cambay. The...
Page 381 - Ever since the settlement of New Zealand by Europeans their attention has been daily called to the peculiarities of a kind of metallic sand along the shores of New Plymouth, in Taranaki. This sand has the appearance of fine steel filings, and if a magnet be dropped upon it, and taken up again, the instrument will be found thickly coated with the iron granules. The place where the sand abounds is along the base of Mount...
Page 207 - ... from the neighbourhood of Lake Baikal, in Siberia, and is sometimes, though rarely, of a sufficient size to be fashioned into small vases, and other ornaments. LABRADOR STONE. This is another variety of Felspar, the proper colour of which, is smoke grey, or dark ash; but besides this fundamental colour, it presents a .most beautiful play of vivid tints, varying according to the position in which it is viewed ; of blue, it exhibits all the varieties from violet to smaltblue ; of green, it displays...

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