Lyell [electronic resource] : the past is the key to the present /
edited by Derek J. Blundell & Andrew C. Scott.
London : Geological Society ; Tulsa, OK : AAPG Bookstore [distributor], 1998.
viii, 376 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 26 cm.
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London : Geological Society ; Tulsa, OK : AAPG Bookstore [distributor], 1998.
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Charles Lyell, a foremost figure in the history of geology and evolutionary biology, was one of the 19th century's most influential scientists. An outcome of a scholarly Lyell bicentenary conference, this book contains 23 well-written essays by internationally recognized historians and earth scientists. Part 1 (of three) examines Lyell's work in the context of his contemporary society, his European and North American travels, and his concurrent impact on science. Part 2 treats Lyell's innovative concepts in geological time, stratigraphy, climatic change, volcanic phenomena, and hydrogeology. Part 3 evaluates Lyell's most famous work, Principles of Geology (1843), in its modern relation to plate tectonics, sedimentology, salt tectonics, and environmental science. Ample illustrations include geologic maps, photographs, and Lyell's classic drawings. Bibliographies and index augment the reference value. In acquiring this highly recommended volume, libraries serving earth science, geological, and science history programs would do well to consider additionally Leonard G. Wilson's two books, Lyell in America: A Transatlantic Geologist, 1841-1853 (1998) and Charles Lyell, the Years to 1841: The Revolution in Geology (CH, Apr'73). Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. W. C. Peters; University of Arizona
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Table of Contents
The life and influence of Lyellp. 1
Lyell and the Principles of Geologyp. 3
Charles Lyell and the Geological Societyp. 17
Lyell: the man and his timesp. 21
Lyell's reception on the continent of Europe: a contribution to an open historiographical problemp. 39
Charles Lyell's debt to North America: his lectures and travels from 1841 to 1853p. 53
Charles Lyell in New York Statep. 71
Charles Lyell and the evidences of the antiquity of manp. 83
Lyell and the development of geological sciencep. 95
Lyell's Principles of Geology: foundations of sedimentologyp. 97
The Cenozoic Era: Lyellian (chrono)stratigraphy and nomenclatural reform at the millenniump. 111
Lyell's views on organic progression, evolution and extinctionp. 133
The age of the Earth and the invention of geological timep. 137
Lyell and the dilemma of Quaternary glaciationp. 145
Charles Lyell and climatic change: speculation and certaintyp. 161
Catastrophism and uniformitarianism: logical roots and current relevance in geologyp. 171
From William Smith to William Whitaker: the development of British hydrogeology in the nineteenth centuryp. 183
The legacy of Lyellp. 197
The Cambrian-Silurian tectonic evolution of the northern Appalachians and British Caledonides: history of a complex, southwest Pacific-type segment of Iapetusp. 199
The legacy of Charles Lyell: advances in our knowledge of coal and coal-bearing stratap. 243
The Carboniferous evolution of Nova Scotiap. 261
Sequence stratigraphy: a revolution without a cause?p. 303
Extrusions of Hormuz salt in Iranp. 315
Mount Etna: monitoring in the past, present and futurep. 335
Earthquakes and Earth structure: a perspective since Hutton and Lyellp. 349
Humanity and the modern environmentp. 363
Indexp. 369
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