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. 1854 Excerpt: ...Mela, (De Situ Orbis, lib. iii. c. 1,) speaking of the tides, says, " Neque adhuc satis cognitum est, anhelitune suo id mundus effieiat, retractamque cum spiritu regerat undam undique, si, ut doctioribus placet, unum (lege universum) animal est; an sint depressi aliqui specus, quo reciprocata maria residant, atque unde se rursus exuberantia attollant: an luna causas tantis meatibus prsebeat." to them folly rather than shrewdness. The sun completes his revolution in the space of a day and night, being a portion of the time beneath the earth, and a portion of the time shining upon it. Now he asserts that the motion of the sea corresponds with the revolution of the heavenly bodies, and experiences a diurnaUmOnthiv. and animal change, in strict accordance wfFfTthe changes of the moon. For he continuesj when the moon is elevated one sign of the zodiac1 above the horizon, ttie sea Tegins sensibly to swell and cover the shores, until she has attained her meridian; but when that satellite begins ib decline, tne sea again retires by degrees, until the moon wants merely one sign of the zodiac from setting; it then remains stationary until the moon has set, and also descended one sign of the zodiac below the horizon, when it again rises until she has attained her meridian below the earth; it then retires again until the moon is within one sign of the zodiac of her rising above the horizon, when it remains stationary until the moon has risen one sign of the zodiac above the earth, and then begins to rise as before. Such he describes to be the diurnal revolution. In respect to the monthly revolution, he says that the spring-tides occur at the time of the new moon, when they decrease until the first quarter""they then increase until full moon, when th...
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