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78        DE MIRA NAT. RERVM SEP.



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De irruptione aquarum stagnatarum.


CAP. XVIII.


                                        INTER mirabilia Septentrionalis plagæ aquarum spectacula
Middelpadia.                                         vnum est, non tam frequens, quam noxium habitantibus
Huni.                                         in provincia Middelpadensi versus Boreales partes
                                        Suetiæ superioris, vbi fere major pars virorum Huni nomine
                                        appellantur, tanquam populi clarius contra Hunos olim
Amnis rapidus.                                         belligerantes, ac triumphantes. In ea provincia vastus
                                        amnis est, cujus aquæ lapsus tam præcipiti volumine delertur
                                        vt animalia nandi vigore defecta, plerunque pessundare
                                        soleat. Ex summis enim montium cacuminibus manans,
                                        dum per clivorum prærupta saxis exceptus eliditur,
in profunda vallium multiplicato aquarum strepitu cadit. Verum continuo saxorum
obstaculo repercussus, celeritatem impetus eadem semper æqualitate conservat.
Itaque toto alvei tractu vndis vniformiter turbidatis, spumeus vbique candor exuberat.
Hæc tamen consyderanda est eius natura terribilis, quod singulis annis paululum
ante solstitium æstivale tanta glacierum. , arborumque connexa congerie tribus locis
Incolæ fugiunt torrentem. oppletur, & constringitur, vt inferiores alvei eius ripas inhabitantes, imminente
eius irruptione, sugere cogantur ad loca elevatiora. Interea tamen nuntiis, quo
in termino formidabilis ille lapsus maneat, explorant, ne rapidus eius cursus improbas
Aqua impariosa. exerceat vires. Quippe hoc elementum cæteris omnibus. (referente Pli. lib.
XIII) imperat, terras devorat, ac ignes extinguit. Scandunt aquæ in sublime, &
cœlum sibi quoque vendicant, ac nubium obtentu vitalem spiritum strangulant: quæ
causa fulmina elidit, ipso secum discordante mundo. Amnis itaque ipse, et ( vt
Salmonum copia. prædictum est )in omni sua irruptione cunctis vicinis imminet, tamen vbertate electorum
piscium, salmonum scilicet, ac aliorum, omnibus affert opulentum quæstum:
qui nedum illius terræ incolis ad vsum domesticum sufficiunt, sed & vltra
marinas partes ingentibus navigiis exportantur. Hancque virtutem perpetuo
retinet, vt quanto marinis alveis vicinior extenditur
Amnis piseosus. tanto melioribus piscibus superabundet. Nec deest
offerentium liberaiis, & grata piscium
exhibitio, ac donatio, si quis
occurrerit hospes donaria recepturus
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