The Book of Earths by Edna Kenton

By Edna Kenton

1928. A compendium of perspectives of earth, its beneficial properties, and the universe from numerous cultures and time classes. Profusely illustrated with figures and plates. contains: Man's quest in house; Figures of earth; The production of the realm; Upholders of the area; Primeval earth; Babylonian universe; Egyptian universe; Earth moon disaster; Deluge; misplaced Atlantis; misplaced land of the west; bushes of the area; Mountains of the realm; Wheel of lifestyles; Earth the mundane egg; structures of the universe; sq. earth of Cosmas Indicopleutes; Peruvian universe; Aztec universe; Tartar-Mongol worlds; Maps of the earth; Earth of Columbus; Dante's universe; Earth the guts of the cosmos; Saint Hildegard's universe; Earths within the universe; Wheels upon wheels; global octaves; Earth a hole sphere; Tetrahedral earth; Bibliography.

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A few escaped this continental Deluge ­ Atlas escaped, says the old story, to support Heaven and Earth, in order that the Universe might not sink also.  Let the old mistake stand, if mistake it was ­ and mistake it was surely.  Plate 16 below, is Kircher's accompanying illustration of "Ocean mountains," whose highest peaks may be island remnants of sunken continents, a little ground plan of the ocean floor.  Peter's during the Thirty Years' War, and guessing simply, not only at the form and extent of the then discovered but by no means explored Americas, and not only at the form and extent of the still unknown Arctic and Antarctic "continents," but also at the conformation and extent of the "ocean­mountains," and of the sunken antediluvian continents.

39 Hebrews, Chinese, and to the Indo­Aryans of the Rig­Veda period.  This belief is one of untraceable antiquity.  Above the seventh heaven was another, the "highest heaven," that of the fixed stars, called by the Babylonians the "heaven of Anu," after the name of one of their oldest and highest gods.  At the upper pole Anu had his palace and throne.  In Babylonian thought, the north pole of the heavens was the true zenith of the cosmic system, and the axis of the system upright; consequently the diurnal movements of the sun and moon were regarded as occurring in a horizontal plane.

But there is always the stable myth of Ceres and Proserpina to fall back on. " 46 Plate 11 ­ OMNIA PER IPSUM FACTA SUNT Matter in motion, figure, rest: adde Grade. This is the very somme of All God made: Att first of nought by's power in six dayes space. Now nature acts it's part; here after Grace.  Darwin lifted tradition to the dignity of an hypothetical guess, and suggested, as a part of his theory of Tidal Evolutions, that the Moon was formerly a part of the Earth; that it was originally much nearer the Earth than it is at present, and is now slowly receding from it; that at the time of the separation of the Earth into Earth and Moon, the planet was hardly larger than it is to­ day; that it was hot, solid, ellipsoidical, with an interior more or less liquid, revolving on its axis once every four or five hours, its density increasing and its volume diminishing as it cooled; that, as its volume lessened, its speed of rotation increased, until by centrifugal force, the Moon was born, carrying with it, in its flight into Space, three­quarters of the Earth's crust.

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