. Earth, sea and sky, or, Marvels of the universe [microform] : being a full and graphic description of all that is wonderful in every continent of the globe, in the world of waters and the starry heavens : containing thrilling adventures on land and sea ... : embracing the striking physical features of the earth ... including a vivid description of the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans ... : together with the amazing phenomena of the solar and starry systems : the whole comprising a vast treasury of all that is marvelous and wonderful in the earth, sea, air, and skies. Science; Natural hist

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. Earth, sea and sky, or, Marvels of the universe [microform] : being a full and graphic description of all that is wonderful in every continent of the globe, in the world of waters and the starry heavens : containing thrilling adventures on land and sea ... : embracing the striking physical features of the earth ... including a vivid description of the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans ... : together with the amazing phenomena of the solar and starry systems : the whole comprising a vast treasury of all that is marvelous and wonderful in the earth, sea, air, and skies. Science; Natural history; Astronomy; Earth; Ethnology; Sciences; Sciences naturelles; Astonomie; Terre; Ethnologie. I'KRILS OF MOUNTAIN ANb DESERT. 0< / have been made at various epochs to climb this immense colossal mass, iv;^^ardecl as ii'-'.ccessible by man until the close of ilie last ccnturx'. riic summit of Mont iManc is 15,739 feet ab()\e the sea-le\el. Prior to tiie celebrated Morace Jk-iiedict de Saussurc, no person had conceixxil the uLa of climbini; its scarped Hank. It was not ewn Imowii wlnlher die rarefaction of the air at elevations so loft}- would not pro\e fatal to human life. Sanssure was not twenty j'cars old when he first dreamed of attackin.4 the _L;i«;it of the Alps. In his first visit to Chamouni, in 1760, the youn;^ naturalist published it abroad in all i)art.s of the xailey that he would gi\e a sufficient reward to the guides wiio disco\ered a jiracticable route to Mont Blanc. He e\en promised to pa)' the da)''s wages of tliose w lu^se attempts provetl fruitless. Rut his liberal offers led to no result. It was not until fifteen years afterwards, in 1775, that four guides of Chamouni succeeded in making the perilous ascent. After triumphing (i\er the obstacles which opposed their progress on the glaciers, incess- aiitl\- intersi'cted by immense cre\asses, the four guides i)enetrated into a great valle\' of snow, which seemed as if it would directly approach Mont Blanc. T

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