Borisiak, Nikifor Dmitrievich

Borisiak, Nikifor Dmitrievich

 

Born Mar. 15 (27), 1817, in the village of Rig, Poltava Province; died Mar. 18 (30), 1882, in the village of Zolotonosha, Poltava Province. Russian geologist, professor at the University of Kharkov.

Borisiak’s research is devoted to the geology and useful fossils of southern Russia, as well as mining and the history of mineralogy. Borisiak gave the first schema of the geological structure of the Kharkov artesian basin, and he substantiated the possibility of obtaining artesian flow waters. He established the distribution boundaries of chernozem in European Russia and studied the chemical composition of soils.

WORKS

Sbornik materialov, otnosiashchikhsia do geologii luzhnoi Rossii, book 1. Kharkov, 1867.
“Rech’ o razvitii gornogo promysla na iuge Rossii.” Gornyi zhurnal, 1868, no 11.
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It landed in the grove, and exploding redly flung the brown earth.
The parks were full of children and nursemaids and joyful dogs that leaped and yelped and scratched up the brown earth with their paws.
Sunshine and blue sky, a salt breeze flavoured just a little with that lavender, and a stroll through my spring gardens, where my hyacinths are like a field of purple and gold, a mantle of jewels upon the brown earth.
In a very few hours the brown earth had become ruddy, the brick had changed to granite, and red cows grazed in well-hedged fields where the lush grasses and more luxuriant vegetation spoke of a richer, if a damper, climate.
When I came off the galley at Hythe, this very day, I down on my bones, and I kissed the good brown earth, as I kiss thee now, ma belle, for it was eight long years since I had seen it.
And all at once I was on fire to be back in the library; so much so, that half a minute at the manhole, lantern in hand, was enough for me; and a mere funnel of moist brown earth - a terribly low arch propped with beams - as much as I myself ever saw of the subterranean conduit between Kirby House and the sea.
Feverish with desire, with aching back and stiffening muscles, with pick and shovel gouging and mauling the soft brown earth, the man toiled up the hill.