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48v (SM volume 39)


48v (SM volume 39)


(pencil) quite undiscernible, the Vesuvius from hence / appearing to form only part of the brim of this / great Crater or Cup - / The Eggs are rubb'd over with Oil - / At the Bridge where abt four miles from Capua / where the Roman Road separates from that to / Venafro, first discover the Original soil to be / of Volcanic Tuffa, probably composed of / the Cinders anciently thrown out of Vesuvius / At about ½ Mile on the right hand of the / road at the Post house of Speranesi (Sparanise) find a / Quarry of Peperino (stone composed of lava, tufa &c) full of pumice & near it / various pits of red Puzzuolane, under the / Peperino they find lime stone & salt water / NB. this Quarry of Peperino is back'd by the / Lime stone Mountains but does not lye / perpendicularly under them - it appear'd / to be about fifty feet deep & an aggregate



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