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THE POPULAR SCIENCE MONTHLY.


ERUPTIVE PROMINENCES
Three figures, of the same prominence, seen July 25, 1872.
PSM V04 D412 Series of prominences.jpg

sub-classes or varieties, between which, however, it is not always easy to maintain the distinctions.

The quiescent prominences in form and texture resemble, with almost perfect exactness, our terrestrial clouds, and differ among themselves as much and in the same manner. The familiar cirrus and stratus types are very common, the former especially, while the cumulus and cumulo-stratus are less frequent. The protuberances of this class are often of enormous magnitude, especially in their horizontal extent (but the highest elevations are attained by those of the eruptive order), and are comparatively permanent, remaining often for hours and days without serious change; near the poles they sometimes persist through a whole solar revolution of twenty-seven days.