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This early work by Jacob Abbott was originally published in 1854. It is part of 'The Rollo Series' and is an entertaining and educational piece of juvenile fiction.
|Publisher:||Taggard & Thompson|
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Crevasses. Throwing stones down tbe assures. THE CKEVASSE. and clefts in it, down which you can look to the bottom, if you only have courage to go near enough to the slippery edge. If you do not dare to do this, you can get a large stone and throw it in; and then, if you stand still and listen, you hear it thumping and thundering against the sides of the crevasse until it gets too deep to be any longer heard. You cannot hear it strike the bottom; for it is sometimes seven or eight Effect of the melting of the ice. Where the glaciers come from. hundred feet through the thickness of the glacier to the ground below. The surface of the glacier above is not smooth and glassy like the ice of a freshly-frozen river or pond ; but is white, like a field of snow. This appearance is produced in part by the snow which falls upon the glacier, and in part by the melting of the surface of the ice by the sun. From this latter cause, too, the surface of the glacier is covered, in a summer's day, with streams of water, which flow, like little brooks, in long and winding channels which they themselves have worn, until at length they reach some fissure, or crevasse, into which they fall and disappear. The waters of these brooks many thousands in allform a large stream, which flows along on the surface of the ground under the glacier, and comes out at last, in a wild, and roaring, and turbid torrent, from an immense archway in the ice at the lower end, where the glacier terminates among the green fields and blooming flowers of the lower valley. The glaciers are formed from the avalanches which fall into the upper valleys in cases where the valleys are so deep and narrow and so secluded from the sunthat the snows which slide into them cannot melt. In such case, the immense accumul...