d by new ones from specimens more perfect than those which had been at my command on former occasions. By these changes the work assumed a form so different from the sixth edition of the "Elements," that I resolved to give it a new title and call it the "Student's Elements of Geology."
In executing this task I have found it very difficult to meet the requirements of those who are entirely ignorant of the science. It is only the adept who has already overcome the first steps as an observer, and is familiar with many of the technical terms, who can profit by a brief and concise manual. Beginners wish for a short and cheap book in which they may find a full explanation of the leading facts and principles of Geology. Their wants, I fear, somewhat resemble those of the old woman in New England, who asked a bookseller to supply her with "the cheapest Bible in the largest possible print."
But notwithstanding the difficulty of reconciling brevity with the copiousness of illustration demanded by those wh
Charles Lyell was the founder of modern geology. This book of his is a really good introduction for people who don't know anything about it. It does an excellent job of education. The science is a little out of date but for a raw beginner it doesn't matter.
If you want to know how geologists 150 years ago figured out that the Earth was millions of years old; if you wonder how we know that the tops of mountains were once at the bottom of the ocean; if you want to learn how to read Earth's marvellous history as it's written in the rocks: read the book.