This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1758 Excerpt: ...secondary subsidences we may ascribe irregular and contrary inclinations of our lodes. Thirdly, When it was determined that an universal deluge should destroy all terrestrial animals, excepting only a small number pre-served in order to restore the several species: to produce this de-luge, the sea most probably was the chief instrument; its bottom inflated, and-raised so as to throw its waters over the highest moun-tains, covering them as a garment. When the Divine justice was satisfied, the bottom of the sea returned nearly to its former level, yet not so exaetly e, but that it left some parts above the sea (now islands or hills) which were before part of the ocean's bed; the sir-am of those parts were therefore greatly disjointed, some inclin-ing one way, some another, some quite reversed. To this dreadful catastrophe are we to attribute many irregularities of the flrata, which have no correspondence or the least relation to the primary subsidences. But whatever was the instrumental cause of the deluge, that there has been a deluge is the united voice of tradition, of Scripture, and of nature; and from faet it appears, that this deluge dissolved all clays, earths, salts, and the softer stones, and must have occasioned great ebullitions and explosions among the pyrites, salts, and fulphurs, where-ever its waters pierced; and hence happened very considerable subsidences in the protuberant parts of our globe, where the sea never before reached so as to affeet the flrata. Lastly, a few subsidences may have happened since the deluge, from the same exhausting dissolvent powers of water, inundations, or by the force of earthquakes, but none could happen either first or last, from whatever cause, or at whatever time, without altering the situation of all solids W...
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