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By Edgar Rice Burroughs

Whilst the inventor Perry fires up his burrowing prospector, it runs uncontrolled, plunging him together with his younger protege into the centre of the earth. There, rather than being destroyed through the molten lava they look forward to finding, they realize an internal global of surprising savagery and unearthly good looks. right here powerful dinosaurs nonetheless roam along beasts by no means noticeable on the planet above. And to their horror, they locate themselves by surprise enslaved in a land the place people are governed by means of the reptilian and evilly clever Mahars. essentially the most profound early impacts at the technological know-how fiction and fable style, Edgar Rice Burroughs is now most renowned for his Tarzan sequence, even supposing he wrote many stories that experience captured the imaginations of generations of readers, together with the Martian adventures of the Barsoom series, the Pellucidar series, of which this quantity is the 1st, and the tales of Carson on Venus.

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Perry clung chattering in a panic of terror. Higher and higher into the bending and swaying tree he clambered. More and more rapidly was the tree top inclining toward the ground. I saw now why the great brute was armed with such enormous paws. The use that he was putting them to was precisely that for which nature had intended them. The sloth-like creature was herbivorous, and to feed that mighty carcass entire trees must be stripped of their foliage. The reason for its attacking us might easily be accounted for on the supposition of an ugly disposition such as that which the fierce and stupid rhinoceros of Africa possesses.

One estimates it thirty miles, because the internal heat, increasing at the rate of about one degree to each sixty to seventy feet depth, would be sufficient to fuse the most refractory substances at that distance beneath the surface. 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. So there you are. " I asked. "It will be all the same to us in the end, David," replied Perry.

I asked. "There are almost as many conjectures as to that as there are geologists," was his answer. "One estimates it thirty miles, because the internal heat, increasing at the rate of about one degree to each sixty to seventy feet depth, would be sufficient to fuse the most refractory substances at that distance beneath the surface. 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.

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