Thus, in these regions the electric fire breaks forth from the lowest depths of the waters.

5 January 2009

more on electric eels, though, this story is surely apocryphal isn’t it?

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Text: Alexander von Humboldt (1850) Views of Nature Or, Contemplations of the Sublime Phenomena of Creation with Scientific Illustrations, translated by Elise C. Otté,  Henry George Bohn

Photos: Peter Stackpole, 1952 – Palisades Park, NJ. from LIFE/Google.

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thanks Google!

3 Responses to “Thus, in these regions the electric fire breaks forth from the lowest depths of the waters.”

  1. Rachel Says:

    “Such is the remarkable contest between horses and fish” is quite possibly the best thing I’ve read all week. Humboldt’s writing will always have current appeal.

  2. Neil Says:

    “current appeal” ?! Zing! That was a good one Rachel.


  3. […] Thus, in these regions the electric fire breaks forth from the lowest depths of the waters. […]


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