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'Whirlpools', 1849.

Whymper, Josiah Wood

'Whirlpools', 1849.
3 2 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 24cm


Colour engraving by Josiah Wood Whymper taken from 'Phenomena of Nature', published in London in 1849 for the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge. 'The waters of a river or of a sea are in some places obstructed by banks, rocks or islands, or by winds and currents, and thus acquire a circular or spiral motion, forming what is called a whirlpool. Whirlpools sometimes do great damage in rivers by loosening the piles driven for the formation of dams, and by lifting up earth and stones.'

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