Entitled "A Big Blaze at Baku," photographic reproduction depicts a petroleum fire at the petroleum fields in Baku, Azerbaijan, formerly under Russian rule. The natural stores of oil gush from the earth's surface; when on fire this results in a large burst of fire and smoke.
This plate is found within The Romance of Modern Chemistry, which is a layman's introduction to topics in chemistry. Includes a history of chemistry along with alchemy and the philosopher's stone; elements including organic, invisible, metals, acids, alkalies, and water; chemical changes such as fire, freezing and explosions; chemistry of the stars; food; electricity; solutions and crystals; as well as discoveries in chemistry.
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