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1868b Ag/Des


Matthew, P. Holstein: Crops in North Germany. Gardeners’ Chronicle and Agricultural Gazette (8 Aug 1868), p.853

(Article dated July 18)
Matthew discusses the weather and crop conditions in Germany once again.

The piece is interesting for its discussion of frosts at night, and the factors ameliorating them. A remarkable example of the “provision of nature” (purposeful/designed universe) is suggested:
“I ascribe the cold to the absence of moisture in the atmosphere and in the dry surface of the siliceous soil, hence no deposit of dew takes place. The dew giving out heat in its formation (an aerial body condensed into a liquid) being, as I think a provision of nature to prevent the destruction of plants by night radiation, but which fails in exceptional cases.”

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