Reading the Rocks

Reading the Rocks

How Victorian Geologists Discovered the Secret of Life

Book - 2017 | First U.S. edition.
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The birth of geology was fostered initially by gentlemen whose wealth supported their interests, but in the nineteenth century, it was advanced by clergymen, academics, and women whose findings expanded the field. Reading the Rocks brings to life this eclectic cast of characters who brought passion, eccentricity, and towering intellect to the discovery of how Earth was formed.
Publisher: New York :, Bloomsburg Publishing,, 2017.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
ISBN: 9781632869128
Characteristics: xii, 254 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Contents: The abyss of time
Healthful exertion
Down the mines
Vestiges of paternity
Fighting fellows
Dating the deluge
On the beach
Dinosaur wars
Celibacy galore
From Siluria to the Moon
Alps on Alps arise
Darwin the geologist
The iceman cometh
Footprints in Pennsylvania
At last, the big question
Origin of Origin
The whole orang
Museum pieces
Then and now.
Summary: The birth of geology was fostered initially by gentlemen whose wealth supported their interests, but in the nineteenth century, it was advanced by clergymen, academics, and women whose findings expanded the field. Reading the Rocks brings to life this eclectic cast of characters who brought passion, eccentricity, and towering intellect to the discovery of how Earth was formed.

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