Geological Observations of Volcanic Islands

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Author: Charles Darwin
Published: 1844
Language: English
Wordcount: 57,732 / 174 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 34
LoC Category: QE
Downloads: 1,624
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Origin: gutenberg.org
Genre: Science

Although in some respects more technical in their subjects and style thanDarwin's "Journal," the books here reprinted will never lose their valueand interest for the originality of the observations they contain. Manyparts of them are admirably adapted for giving an insight into problemsregarding the structure and changes of the earth's surface, and in factthey form a charming introduction to physical geology and physiography intheir application to special domains.

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in calling attention to phenomena and considerations that had been quite overlooked by geologists, but have since exercised an important influence in moulding geological speculation; and lastly in showing the importance which attaches to small and seemingly insignificant causes, some of which afford a key to the explanation of very curious geological problems.

Visiting as he did the districts in which Von Buch and others had found what they thought to be evidence of the truth of "Elevation-craters," Darwin was able to show that the facts were capable of a totally different interpretation. The views originally put forward by the old German geologist and traveller, and almost universally accepted by his countrymen, had met with much support from Elie de Beaumont and Dufrenoy, the leaders of geological thought in France. They were, however, stoutly opposed by Scrope and Lyell in this country, and by Constant Prevost and Virlet on the other side of the channel. Darwin, in the work before us, shows how lit

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