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The Lake Superior mineral region presents the same quantities and readiness of access, while its iron is more malleable and softer than any other kind in the world. The iron made in Russia and Austria is justly celebrated for its quality and superiority for manufacturing. The iron mines of Great Britain furnish an annual supply of nearly four million tons. In fact, iron-stone is to be found profusely underlying much of the surface of the earth. The next in rank among minerals is Coal. This valuable substance bears stamped upon its face, in the plainest language, its vegetable origin.

A GEOGRAPHY FOR BEGINNERS 30 very deep; and 160 feet from the top of the fall to the surface of the river below. There are higher water-falls in other countries, but they do not present such a vast body of water falling continuously from such a height. THE FALLS OF NIAGARA. EXERCISE. • State the number of rivers of North America emptying into the Atlantic Ocean, and into the Gulf of Mexico east and west of the Mississippi. • Describe the St. Lawrence. • Which is the greatest water-fall in the world?

North America is remarkable among all the countries of the earth for its beautiful and magnificent lakes and inland seas. You will perceive upon the map a chain of large bodies of fresh water connected by navigable water-courses, and extending over a district of country more than 1,000 miles in length These lakes are surrounded by fertile lands, mineral tracts of inexhaustible supply of the most useful metals and stone, and forests of the most valuable kinds of timber. They also contain plentiful supplies of the finest fish.

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