Mirror of Literature,  11 (1828), 180–81.

Mirabilia Naturæ





Wonder, Mineralogy, Mining, Chemistry, Accidents, Design, Palaeontology, Museums, Geology, Biblical Authority

    Describes various curious resemblances in stones and minerals. Describes chemical phenomena in Benwell Colliery near Newcastle-upon-Tyne, as a result of which the roof takes the imprint of pit props. Argues for a 'plastic spirit' in nature by which matter is 'modified into the form and shapes of the bodies of flies, insects, &c.' (180). Discusses the history and origins of 'formed stones', relating them to the Noachian deluge and the 'division of waters' in the first creation narrative of Genesis.

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