File Name Symons1888
Call Number DA 670 L1 S98 1888
Title The Floating Island in Derwentwater, its History and Mystery, with Notes of Other Dissimilar Islands, By G. J. Symons, F. R. S., Secretary Royal Meteorological Society.
Short Title The Floating Island in Derwentwater
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Imprint London: E. Stanford, 26 & 27, Cockspur Street, Charing Cross, S. W. Simpkin, Marshall & Co., 4, Stationers' Hall Court, E. C.
Edition 1
Publication Date 1888
Volumes 1
Pages 64
Copies 1
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The Floating Island in Derwentwater is an essay about a peculiar natural phenomenon: the “floating island” or mound of peat that rises periodically to the surface of the lake at Derwentwater. In the first part of the essay, the author recounts his own sighting of the island and describes a series of experiments intended to determine its composition. The next section summarizes all recorded sightings of the island and notes the years in which the island remained below the water’s surface. Then, Symons compares “floating islands” from other parts of the world to the one at Derwentwater, concluding that the Derwentwater case is unique because it is the only one to sink after rising. In the final section of the essay, Symons debunks the explanations of several previous observers and argues that the island rises only when the temperature of the lake exceeds 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Why there should be only one of these islands remains a puzzle for Symons. Two maps and several ink illustrations are included with the text. Appendices containing earlier recorded sightings and an explanation of the gases found in the lake appear in the back of the volume. The SFU LDC copy is in very good condition, bound in green embossed cloth. An issue number and author’s dedication are inscribed in ink on the inside front cover. Some pencil markings are visible on the inside cover as well.

Format Quarto
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Map Count 2
Illustrations Black and White Only
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Binding Colour green
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