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Ice-Caves of France and Switzerland

A Narrative of Subterranean Exploration

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Published: 1865
Language: English
Wordcount: 102,912 / 298 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 51.2
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 900
Added to site: 2005.02.19
mnybks.net#: 9672
Genres: Science, Adventure
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hese fissures made the flame flicker at intervals, though generally the candle burned steadily in them, and we could detect no current in the cave. The fourth column was in the low part of the cave, and we were obliged to grovel on the ice to get its dimensions: it was 3-1/4 feet broad and 4-1/3 feet high, the roof of the cave being only 2-3/4 feet high; and it poured out of the vertical fissure like a smooth round fall of water, adhering lightly to the rock at its upper end like a fungus, and growing out suddenly in its full size. This column was dry, whereas on the others there were abundant symptoms of moisture, as if small quantities of water were trickling down them from their fissures, though the fissures themselves appeared to be perfectly dry.

In one of the fissures there was a patch of what is known as sweating-stone, [5] with globules of water oozing out, and standing roundly upon it: the globules were not frozen. This stone was exceedingly hard, and defied all our efforts to break off a specimen

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