The Alps, Switzerland, and the North of Italy: With Numerous Engravings (Classic Reprint)

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Another Alpine phenomenon may now be noticed; for, sometimes, loud crashes, like thunder-claps, and like them, too, followed by prolonged rolling, interrupt the reverie in which the mind of the traveller is naturally engaged, awakening, where the cause is unknown, a feeling of terror; and showing, when aware of it, how enormous are the masses of ice whose fall produces so tremendous a crash. Avalanches are, indeed, among the most extraordinary and terrible of natural phenomena. They occur where valleys lie embosomed in high mountains covered 'with snow, but as the declivities of the Alps are very steep, they are there proportionately frequent, and vary alike in their causes and results with different seasons.

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