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“This one is an S - what they call "stony" or "silicaceous" - but it's not any better looking than the first one.”
“The flora of the area is a low-arctic type, typical of the nutrient-poor silicaceous soil which, where humid, shows solifluction effects such as frost boils.”
“So far, the oldest sediments that have been collected from the Arctic Ocean floor are eighty million-year-old black muds, and sixty-seven million-year-old silicaceous oozes.”
“Alfred persevered, first inventing the blasting cap and then discovering that a silicaceous earth, kieselguhr, would stabilize nitroglycerin, thus making dynamite.”
“Does this increase the number of silicaceous diatoms which can outcompete the calciferous types, thereby reducing the biological pull-down?”
“Or do those silicaceous growths on their dorsal sides break off and shatter inside a predator's mouth?”
“What it's firing at its prey is a stream of water under extremely high pressure that con'tains a high proportion of sharp-edged silicaceous aggre-gate.”
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