While we were talking the mighty iron mole had bored its way over a mile into the rock of the earth's crust.
Another finds that the phenomena of precession and nutation require that the earth, if not entirely solid, must at least have a shell not less than eight hundred to a thousand miles in thickness.
Indeed, this thick darkness proved that the projectile had left the earth, for the soil, brilliantly lit by the moon-beams would have been visible to the travelers, if they had been lying on its surface.
Its face, which was turned to the earth, was very bright.
-- The moon does not describe a circle round the earth, but rather an ellipse , of which our earth occupies one of the foci ; the consequence, therefore, is, that at certain times it approaches nearer to, and at others it recedes farther from, the earth; in astronomical language, it is at one time in
in reaching the point where the attraction of the earth and moon will be in equilibrio .
Beyond the sphere of their body and this earth they now fancied themselves transported, these ungrateful ones.
More uprightly and purely speaketh the healthy body, perfect and square- built; and it speaketh of the meaning of the earth.--
I ridiculed the assumption that there was an inner world and that these wires led downward through the earth's crust to the surface of Pellucidar.
Cable me at once, at my expense, that there was no basis of fact for your story, At the Earth's Core.
So spake the false dissembler unperceivd; For neither Man nor Angel can discern Hypocrisie, the only evil that walks Invisible, except to God alone, By his permissive will, through Heav'n and Earth
: And oft though wisdom wake, suspicion sleeps At wisdoms Gate, and to simplicitie Resigns her charge, while goodness thinks no ill Where no ill seems: Which now for once beguil'd URIEL, though Regent of the Sun, and held The sharpest sighted Spirit of all in Heav'n; Who to the fraudulent Impostor foule In his uprightness answer thus returnd.
90-105) For ere this the tribes of men lived on earth
remote and free from ills and hard toil and heavy sickness which bring the Fates upon men; for in misery men grow old quickly.
The man himself, for such I may call him, was fully fifteen feet in height and, on Earth
, would have weighed some four hundred pounds.
And we men, the creatures who inhabit this earth
, must be to them at least as alien and lowly as are the monkeys and lemurs to us.
`So I travelled, stopping ever and again, in great strides of a thousand years or more, drawn on by the mystery of the earth
's fate, watching with a strange fascination the sun grow larger and duller in the westward sky, and the life of the old earth