By Konrad Guenther
Boston 1931 Houghton Mifflin. Translated via B. Miall. Hardcover. eightvo, 400pp., picture illustrations, index, fabric. VG, hide frivolously dirty and shelf worn, no DJ.
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But extensive coconut plantations, such as I saw in Ceylon, do not yet exist in Brazil, nor is this serviceable palm-tree exploited in a wholesale fashion. In India, not only are the dried kernels collected as copra and pressed in order to extract the oil, but an oil is prepared even from the fresh kernels, which solidifies at a temperature of 79°, and reaches Europe in the form of coconut butter. Arrak is manu- factured from the sweet sap which flows from the severed flowerspathe, and the fibres of the husk (coir) are employed in the manufacture of nets, mats, hammocks, etc.
A c 33 NATURALIST A twin towers lies IN BRAZIL in a lonely, moon-flooded valley of rocks. And now a dark conical mountain draws menacingly nearer, looming high into the starless sky, like a mount of Destiny. This is the Pao d'Assucar, the famous Sugarloaf, the mighty warder of the entrance to the Guanabara Bay of Rio (Plate 5). But what is this gUmmer of light on the of the Sugarloaf, left a glimmer that grows ever wider as we advance? Glittering strings lie on the water yonder, and form a dazzling wreath round the foot of the mountain.
2. —On the left, the Garavella or Portuguese man-of- (Physalia). Above the surface is the swimmingbladder or pneumatophore. S, siphons ; T, tentacles war — ; G, genital organ or gonostyle. On the right, a jelly-fish (Pelagia). Beneath it a Goffer- and palpacles fish (reduced) Europe, approaches the Equator, he will see fish springing out of the water on either side of the ship, flashing silver in the sun, flying over the ocean with fins and disappearing, with a that have been transformed into wings, little splash, into a distant wave.
A Naturalist in Brazil: The Record Of a Year's Observation of Her Flora, Her Fauna, and Her People by Konrad Guenther