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    THE author has taken advantage of the opportunity afforded by the exploration of a cavern in the Lower Carboniferous Limestone, to study the various forms of deposit produced by the percolating waters. He appears, from his preface, to be under the impression that nothing has been previously written on the subject of stalagmitic deposits, and no references to any earlier literature occur in his pages. This is unfortunate, as a study of the writings of Cöhn, and others who have investigated the action of plants in promoting the deposition of calcium carbonate, would have helped him to solve some of the difficulties he has experienced.

    Monograph of the Stalactites and Stalagmites of the Cleaves Cove, near Dairy, Ayrshire.

    By John Smith, Vice-President of the Geological Society of Glasgow. (London: Elliot Stock, 1894.)

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