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As the land sinks, the coral accumulates, rising to compensate and keeping itself at optimum depth. These two extracts are reproduced with the consent of the author. The concept of culture, now such an important term within both the arts and the sciences, is a legacy of the nineteenth century. Several miles long, the spit is perfectly straight.

Darwin discovered a curious blend of life and death in one unique structure, coral. In fact, at this point Darwin moves from the language of the epitaph to the language of the romantic sublime. Yet this was not an opposition that could remain un-entangled and without supplements for Darwin as he was confronted by new natural relations and objects for which to account. The excitement from the novelty of objects, and the chance of success, stimulate him to increased activity. The coral takes on an epitaphic function.

Hence arises, as I have found to my cost, a constant tendency to fill up the wide gaps of knowledge, by inaccurate and superficial hypotheses. Coral colonies present a strange image of the relationship between the individual living elements of the reef and the dead, hard structure that predominates. The wilderness has a mysterious tongue, Which teaches awful doubt. Darwin cites Sir John Herschel as the authoritative theorist of controlled intellectual desire.

And it locates new ways of explaining the laws of life through encounters with some very differently constituted, yet in their way highly effective, inhabitants of tropical islands. Group masses of naked rock even in the wildest forms, and they may for a time afford a sublime spectacle, but they will soon grow monotonous. The living guanaco confronts Darwin with precisely the rather contradictory, entangled set of dispositions that a living species could manifest. Herschel remarks, a man experiences although every corporeal sense be fully satisfied. Extinction is afforded the kind of reverential language of mortality associated with Wordsworth and, latterly, Adam Sedgwick.

It both sharpens, and partly allays that want and craving, which, as Sir J. The organic forces separate the atoms of carbonate of lime, one by one, from the foaming breakers, and unite them into a symmetrical structure. From the mast-head a wide expanse of smooth water can be seen within the ring. On the other hand, as the traveller stays but a short time in each place, his descriptions must generally consist of mere sketches, instead of detailed observations.