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There was but little decomposition, a fact attributed to some preservative property in the mineral-bearing soil.
Glittering particles of mica were visible in the earth about it--vestiges of its decomposition.
The volcano, by the decomposition of certain substances, can provide its own oxygen, and thus throw flames into space.
Observing that the water charged with gelatinous particles is in an impure state, and that the luminous appearance in all common cases is produced by the agitation of the fluid in contact with the atmosphere, I am inclined to consider that the phosphorescence is the result of the decomposition of the organic particles, by which process (one is tempted almost to call it a kind of respiration) the ocean becomes purified.
Consider, I said, Glaucon, that even the badness of food, whether staleness, decomposition, or any other bad quality, when confined to the actual food, is not supposed to destroy the body; although, if the badness of food communicates corruption to the body, then we should say that the body has been destroyed by a corruption of itself, which is disease, brought on by this; but that the body, being one thing, can be destroyed by the badness of food, which is another, and which does not engender any natural infection-- this we shall absolutely deny?
The new continents are built out of the ruins of an old planet; the new races fed out of the decomposition of the foregoing.
The very soil of the earth is made up of minute fragments such as these; each pool of stagnant water has its crust of vegetable rottenness; on every side there are the boughs, and trunks, and stumps of trees, in every possible stage of decay, decomposition, and neglect.
It is known, to the force of a single pound weight, what the engine will do; but, not all the calculators of the National Debt can tell me the capacity for good or evil, for love or hatred, for patriotism or discontent, for the decomposition of virtue into vice, or the reverse, at any single moment in the soul of one of these its quiet servants, with the composed faces and the regulated actions.
This, being very old, knotted, seamed, and beamed, gave a lowering aspect to the chamber; and roof, and walls, and floor, alike abounding in old smears of flour, red-lead (or some such stain which it had probably acquired in warehousing), and damp, alike had a look of decomposition.
Although soil-mixed residues may give a more meaningful estimate of decomposition than the litter bag technique, recovery of unconfined residues is problematic because decomposition and fragmentation result in residue particles too small to be physically removed.
1998a) Changes in Energy Consumption and Energy Intensity: A Complete Decomposition Model.
The site provides a free service that helps designers work through the design decomposition process.