A Voyage of Discovery and Research in the Southern and Antarctic Regions, During the Years 1839-43, Volume 1

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John Murray, 1847 - 447 pages
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This is the second volume of a two-volume series documenting the Antarctic voyages by Captain Sir James Clark Ross and his crew in the mid-19th century. This volume discusses their voyage and discoveries from Entrecasteaux Channel, to the Falkland Islands, to the search for Bouvet Island and their journey back home to England.
 

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Page 166 - I had been in the habit of taking in equally high northern latitudes; and although contrary to the general belief of naturalists, I have no doubt that from however great a depth we may be able to bring up the mud and stones of the bed of the ocean we shall find them teeming with animal life...
Page 245 - Lord, my God, great are the wondrous works which thou hast done ; like as be also thy thoughts, which are to usward; and yet there is no man that ordereth them unto thee. 7 If I should declare them, and speak of them, they should be more than I am able to express.
Page 184 - As we approached the land under all studding sails, we perceived a low white line extending from its eastern extreme point as far as the eye could discern to the eastward. It presented an extraordinary appearance, gradually increasing in height as we got nearer to it, and proving at length to be a perpendicular cliff of ice between 150 and 200 feet above the level of the sea, perfectly flat and level at the top, and without any fissures or promontories on its even seaward face...
Page xi - With reference to the second branch, viz. the secular and periodical variations, it is observed that — "The progressive and periodical being mixed up with the transitory changes, it is impossible to separate them so as to obtain a correct knowledge and analysis of the former, without taking express account of and eliminating the latter...
Page xxii - ... Majesty's pleasure that an attempt should be made to find out a northern passage by sea from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean ; and whereas, we have in pursuance thereof, caused His Majesty's sloops Resolution and Discovery to be fitted, in all respects, proper to proceed upon a voyage for the purpose above mentioned; and from the experience we have had of your abilities and good conduct in your late voyages, have thought fit to entrust you with the conduct of the present intended voyage, and...
Page 186 - Mount Erebus was observed to emit smoke and flame in unusual quantities, producing a most grand spectacle ; a volume of dense smoke was projected at each successive jet with great force, in a vertical column, to the height of between...
Page 155 - It is situated in latitude 71° 56' and longitude 171° 7' east, composed entirely of igneous rocks, and only accessible on its western side. We saw not the smallest appearance of vegetation, but inconceivable myriads of penguins completely and densely covered the whole surface of the island, along the ledges of the precipices, and even to the summits of the hills, attacking us vigorously as we waded through their ranks, and pecking at us with their sharp beaks, disputing possession : which, together...
Page 184 - ... feet above the level of the sea, perfectly flat and level at the top, and without any fissures or promontories on its even seaward face. What was beyond it we could not imagine ; for, being much higher than our mast-head, we could not see anything except the summit of a lofty range of mountains extending to the southward as far as the seventy-ninth degree of latitude.
Page 245 - A gentle air of wind filled our sails ; hope again revived ; and the greatest activity prevailed to make the best use of the feeble breeze. As it gradually freshened, our heavy ships began to feel its influence, slowly at first, but more rapidly afierwards ; and before dark we found ourselves far removed from every danger.
Page 151 - It was a beautifully clear evening, and we had a most enchanting view of the two magnificent ranges of mountains, whose lofty peaks, perfectly covered with eternal snow, rose to elevations varying from seven to ten thousand feet above the level of the ocean.

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