Some writers, rejecting the idea which science had reached, that reefs of rocks could be due in any way to "animalcules," have talked of electrical forces, the first and last appeal of ignorance.

— James Dwight Dana

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Are coral reefs growing from the depths of the oceans? .

.. [The] reply is a simple negative; and a single fact establishes its truth. The reef-forming coral zoophytes, as has been shown, cannot grow at greater depths than 100 or 120 feet; and therefore in seas deeper than this, the formation or growth of reefs over the bottom is impossible.

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The grand old Book of God still stands;

and this old earth, the more its leaves are turned over and pondered, the more it will sustain and illustrate the Sacred word.

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Science, while it penetrates deeply the system of things about us, sees everywhere, in the dim limits of vision, the word mystery.

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Geology is rapidly taking its place as an introduction to the higher history of man. If the author has sought to exalt a favorite science, it has been with the desire that man-in whom geological history had its consummation, the prophecies of the successive ages their fulfilment-might better comprehend his own nobility and the true purpose of his existence.

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Mount Shasta - a vision of immensity such as pertains to the vast universe rather than to our own planet.

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There can be no real conflict between the two Books of the Great Author.

Both are revelations made by Him to man,-the earlier telling of God-made harmonies coming up from the deep past, and rising to their height when man appeared, the later teaching man's relations to his Maker, and speaking of loftier harmonies in the eternal future.

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A map of the moon... should be in every geological lecture room; for no where can we have a more complete or more magnificent illustration of volcanic operations. Our sublimest volcanoes would rank among the smaller lunar eminences; and our Etnas are but spitting furnaces.

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Mr Hall's hypothesis has its cause for subsidence, but none for the lifting of the thickened sunken crust into mountains. It is a theory for the origin of mountains, with the origin of mountains left out.

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The profoundest facts in the earth's history prove that the oceans have always been oceans.

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