Horace-Bénedict De Saussure's scientific contributions

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This is a translation of Chapter 35 from Horace-Benédict de Saussure's famous book "Travels in the Alps". In this chapter, he attempts to explain why the tops of Alpine mountains are covered in snow and ice. In doing so, he develops the theory of Pierre Bouguer of what is now known as the "greenhouse effect". He does not suggest that the atmosphere...