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The Landslip at Zug

Nature volume 36, pages 389390 | Download Citation



TO judge by the glimpses which I obtained of English newspapers during my late visit to the Alps, considerable misapprehension has prevailed in this country as to the nature of the disastrous landslip at Zug. For instance, one of the most important journals had a leading article on the subject, describing learnedly the fall of the Rossberg, the destruction of Plurs, and other like Alpine instances, with which the late calamity has no more connexion than the slipping of a piece of the Thames Embankment into the river would have with the fall of a peak of Snowdon. Hence, as I had the opportunity a short time since of visiting Zug, and in company with my fellow-traveller, the Rev. E. Hill, forming an opinion as to the cause of the accident, it may be worth while to give a few details. In drawing up this account I have used the abstract of a report by Prof. Heim, which takes the view which I had already adopted from examination of the locality, and has supplied me with a number of important details.

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