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Saturday, January 03, 2009

George MacDonald on what a mountain is

A mountain is a strange and awful thing. . . . I will try to tell you what they are. They are portions of the heart of the earth that have escaped from the dungeon down below, and rushed up and out. For the heart of the earth is a great wallowing mass, not of blood, as in the hearts of men and animals, but of glowing hot, melted metals and stones. And as our hearts keep us alive, so that great lump of heat keeps the earth alive: it is a huge power of buried sunlight - that is what it is. George MacDonald, The Princess and Curdie, 1883, Public Domain, Chapter 1. Available from Project Gutenberg.

MacDonald was a writer of Christian fiction and other works, and his fantasies (such as the work quoted here) have stood the test of time pretty well. Clearly, a century and a quarter ago, he had a pretty good idea of the fundamentals of geology.

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Keetha said...

Yep - - - a very apt description of geological forces!!!

Martin LaBar said...

I thought so, for a 19th century Scotch preacher.