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for six hours; till, the tide flowing, it is thrown forth with the same violence with which it was drawn in. The noise of this dreadful vortex still farther contributes to increase its terror, which, with the dashing of the waters, makes one of the most tremendous objects in nature."
In another geography of the period we learn that even " the bellowing struggles of the whale have not always redeemed him from the danger," and that " the bottom is full of craggy spires." The real maelstrom is caused by the current of the Great West Fiord rushing between two of the Loffoden Isles. Ordinarily it can be traversed without apprehension, but when the wind blows directly against the current, the sea around for several miles is violently agitated and extremely dangerous.
Adams's Geography, 1818, is divided into three parts — Part I, " Geographical Orthography," consisting of ten pages of names of states, rivers, towns, etc., to be used as spelling lessons; Part II, UA Grammar of Geography," fifty pages, being an epitome of main facts " to be committed to memory " ; Part III, "A Description of the Earth," making up the body of the book, " to be read in classes." The first four excerpts are from Part II, the rest from Part III.
A Mountain is a vast protuberance of the earth.
Europe is distinguished for its learning, politeness, government, and laws ; for the industry of its inhabitants, and the temperature of its climate.
The White Mountains are the highest not only in New Hampshire, but in the United States.
Switzerland is a small romantic country, lying upon the