Charles Darwin Quote

The theory which I would offer, is simply, that as the land with the attached reefs subsides very gradually from the action of subterranean causes, the coral-building polypi soon raise again their solid masses to the level of the water: but not so with the land; each inch lost is irreclaimably gone; as the whole gradually sinks, the water gains foot by foot on the shore, till the last and highest peak is finally submerged.


Narrative of the Surveying Voyages of His Majesty's Ships Adventure and Beagle (ed. 1839)

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The theory which I would offer, is simply, that as the land with the attached reefs subsides very gradually from the action of subterranean causes,...

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The theory which I would offer, is simply, that as the land with the attached reefs subsides very gradually from the action of subterranean causes,...

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The theory which I would offer, is simply, that as the land with the attached reefs subsides very gradually from the action of subterranean causes,...

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The theory which I would offer, is simply, that as the land with the attached reefs subsides very gradually from the action of subterranean causes,...