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Researches in Theoretical Geology (Cambridge Library Collection - Earth Science)

Researches in Theoretical Geology (Cambridge Library Collection - Earth Science)

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Henry T. De La Beche
Cambridge University Press
Edition: Reissue, 3/12/2014
EAN 9781108066969, ISBN10: 1108066968

Paperback, 432 pages, 21.6 x 14 x 2.4 cm
Language: English

The geologist Sir Henry Thomas De la Beche (1796–1855) made important contributions as both a surveyor and a theorist. Elected to the Royal Society in 1823, he mapped geological strata in Devon during the 1830s and became the founding director of the British Geological Survey, the world's first national geological survey. In 1847, he was elected president of the Geological Society of London. Reflecting the scope of his scientific knowledge, the present work covers a wide range of topics, including the density of planets, the mineralisation of organic remains, and what could be inferred from the fossils thus created. The book was first published in 1834, the year he became embroiled in an argument with his contemporary Roderick Murchison. Lasting several years, the dispute became known as the 'The Great Devonian Controversy'. De la Beche's Geological Manual (third edition, 1833) has also been reissued in this series.

Preface
1. Different densities of the sun and known planets
2. Gaseous state of the solar system
3. Fractured state of the earth's surface
4. Transport of detritus by rivers
5. Chemical change in rocks
6. Mineral crust of the globe
7. External oxidation of a metallic nucleus
8. Mountain valleys
9. Faults on hilly countries
10. Polish and striated marks in faults
11. Organic remains
12. Organic remains imbedded in rocks now forming
13. Marine life in the ocean
14. Division of rocks
15. Fossiliferous rocks
16. Oolitic group
17. Supracretaceous group
18. Igneous rocks
Appendix.