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Scientific American Supplement, No. 286 June 25, 1881

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Title: Scientific American Supplement, No. 286 June 25, 1881  
Author: Various
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Language: English
Subject: Literature & thought, Literature and history, Literature & philosophy
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Various,. (n.d.). Scientific American Supplement, No. 286 June 25, 1881. Retrieved from http://www.ebooklibrary.org/


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The asphalt mines and petroleum fountains are most abundant in that part of the country lying between the River Zulia and the River Catatumbo, and the Cordilleras. The wonderful sand-bank is about seven kilometers from the confluence of the Rivers Tara and Sardinarte. It is ten meters high and thirty meters long. On its surface can be seen several round holes, out of which rises the petroleum and water with a noise like that made by steam vessels when blowing off steam, and above there ascends a column of vapor. There is a dense forest around this sand-bank, and the place has been called ?El Inferno.? Dr. Edward McGregor visited the sand-bank, and reported to the Government that by experiment he had ascertained that one of the fountains spurted petroleum and water at the rate of 240 gallons per hour. Mr. Plumacher says that the petroleum is of very good quality, its density being that which the British market requires in petroleum imported from the United States. The river, up to the junction of the Tara and Sardinarte, is navigable during the entire year for flat-bottomed craft of forty or fifty tons.

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CONTENTS. I. ENGINEERING AND MECHANICS.--One Thousand Horse Power Corliss Engine. 5 figures, to scale, illustrating the construction of the new one thousand horse power Corliss engine, by Hitch, Hargreaves & Co.


 

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