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neutralizing process of the identical tension between the waves themselves or between the sea and the atmosphere, since they are only on the surface of the waves, when they break against each other. We could almost give our opinion on this last issue, remembering, above all, the percentage of salt contained in the seawater layers, in the putrid materials of the same, and hence by the increase of the electric voltage that sparks from the organic and animalized water. However, there is no doubt that phosphorescence is oxidation and deoxidation, important processes at work. Assuming a case of putrefaction at sea, this too is an organic act, in which rot, as an organic factor, comes into relation with the atmosphere. Excluding, equally, all these strange things, the sea is always related to the atmosphere, and its water and salt dissolved in it, with movement, most oxidize. This phenomenon can therefore be considered chemical, physical or organic, thus appearing that this kind of luminosity is always the effect of electricity and the oxidation process produced at sea, an effect that increases and becomes visible by the shock of the waves. I examine other travelers and rectify by our observations the phenomena of the different genres of phosphorescence and their causes.

Alternating light winds gradually helped us to progress, until on May 11, we came to the view of the extensive Sierra de Morabela, and finally, driven by a little brighter wind, we happily entered the Port of Gibraltar where, upon the roar of the guns, we lay anchors. This was the end of the first part of the sea voyage, and we found there the Columns of Hercules, which are often regarded as the extreme point of the boldest expeditions of antiquity. Many members of the traveling group went the same day to explore the land, which, to a certain extent, held our attention. The cliffs of Gibraltar, Mons Calpe, form the core of a small tongue of land that advances to the sea from north to south, and is held only by a continent's sand. The cliffs rise over the south-facing tip with only 105 feet above sea level; on the north and east sides, craggy walls make those sides absolutely inaccessible. The highest point, Sugar-Loaf, stands at 1,439 English feet. This is the town located in the flatter western part of the tip of the earth.

General Donn, the English governor of the square, had given us permission to go everywhere on the rock, even the fortifications, and was above all committed to providing the embassy with all the meager amusements that the isolated maritime city can offer. At a ball we watched the delicate Andalusian fandango and bolero, alternated with northern dances, and the festively illuminated palace halls resonated

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