Shells


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Shells

Hollow structures in the form of thin curved slabs, plates or membranes that are self-supporting. They are called form-resistant structures because they are shaped according to the loads they carry.
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Nalasu crouched closer when the shell burst beyond, and Jerry snarled and rippled his hair afresh.
Jerry had just gained the doorway when the shell exploded.
Simply at the point I started from, namely, those oyster shells are there, in regular layers, five hundred feet above the sea, and no man knows how they got there.
Nor has Patagonia been affected only by upward movements: the extinct tertiary shells from Port St.
"How can I tell where the next shell will fall?" Mercy answered, quietly.
It occurred to me that land-shells, when hybernating and having a membranous diaphragm over the mouth of the shell, might be floated in chinks of drifted timber across moderately wide arms of the sea.
Soon the nature of the soil changed; to the sandy plain succeeded an extent of slimy mud which the Americans call "ooze," composed of equal parts of silicious and calcareous shells. We then travelled over a plain of seaweed of wild and luxuriant vegetation.
Not a dozen yards from him was a great hole in the ground where a shell had burst, and a little further away a barn in ruins.
The smoking shell spun like a top between him and the prostrate adjutant, near a wormwood plant between the field and the meadow.
Without a moment's loss of time a small boat put off in the direction of its fall; some divers plunged into the water and attached ropes to the handles of the shell, which was quickly dragged on board.
When he said "Nut" one squirrel leaped on to his right shoulder and when he said "Shell" the other one leaped on to his left shoulder.
The poor Marionette stood as if turned to stone, with wide eyes, open mouth, and the empty halves of the egg- shell in his hands.