The Daily Volcano Quote: volcanoes in Germany 13 June 2008Posted by admin in daily volcano quote.
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It is fact, that subterraneous fire, and its many successive eruptions, have raised or heaped together the still-burning Mount Aetna and Vesuvius on the limestone-strata in Sicily and Italy, accumulating both these mountains to an elevation, and to an extent, which even surpass that of the Habichwald. It still continues to work in the volcanos in Iceland; and there is no good reason to deny the possibility of other European volcanos, situated between Iceland and Aetna, and burning in former times. There have been found of late many extinct volcanos in Italy, stampt with visible marks of ancient burning, though never spoken of in history. Why should not Germany then, as well as Italy, afford phaenomena of the same nature? The sea, which covered these parts, as many others in the continent, will not, I hope, be alledged against this supposition, and thrown upon it to quench the German volcanos; since the still-burning volcanos are generally situated in the midst of the sea, in islands, or near the sea coast, and even seem to want sea-water to raise, and to support their very flames.
R. E. Raspe, An Account of some German Volcanos, and their Productions. With a New Hypothesis of the Prismatical Basaltes; Established upon Facts (London: Lockyer Davis, 1776), pp. 24-25.
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