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Principles of Geology

Principles of Geology
An Attempt to Explain the Former Changes of the Earth's Surface, by Reference to Causes now in Operation
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  • Date Published: September 2009
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  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108001342

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  • In 1830–33, Charles Lyell laid the foundations of evolutionary biology with Principles of Geology, a pioneering book that Charles Darwin took with him on the Beagle. Volume 1 discusses the effects on the Earth's crust of climate change, running water, volcanic eruptions and earthquakes, and supports James Hutton's theory of uniformitarianism, now a guiding principle of geology. Volume 2 (1832) focuses on plants and animals, their distribution, diffusion, migrations and adaptation to changing habitats, and considers the theories of Lamarck, while Volume 3 periodises sedimentary and volcanic rock formations and considers the marine fossil record. The books are generously illustrated and thoroughly indexed. Lyell writes with infectious enthusiasm, conveying the excitement of his fieldwork and discoveries in this landmark book, which remains of interest to geologists and historians of science alike.

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    • Date Published: September 2009
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108001342
    • dimensions: 252 x 325 x 70 mm
    • weight: 2.22kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Volume I:
    1. Geology defined
    2. Oriental cosmogony
    3. Arabian writers of the tenth century
    4. Werner's application of geology to the art of mining
    5. Review of the causes which have retarded the progress of geology
    6. Proofs that the climate of the northern hemisphere was formerly hotter
    7. On the causes of vicissitudes in climate
    8. Geological proofs that the geographical features of the northern hemisphere were such as would give rise to an extremely hot climate
    9. Theory of the progressive development of organic life considered
    10. Division of the subject into changes of the organic and inorganic world
    11. Action of running water, continued
    12. Difference between the transporting power of springs and rivers
    13. Reproductive effects of running water
    14. Oceanic deltas
    15. Destroying and transporting effects of tides and currents
    16. Action of tides and currents, continued
    17. Reproductive effects of tides and currents
    18. Division of igneous agents into the volcano and the earthquake
    19. History of the volcanic eruptions in the district of Naples
    20. Dimensions and structure of the cone of Vesuvius
    21. External physiognomy of Etna
    22. Volcanic Archipelagos
    23. Earthquakes and their effects
    24. Earthquake in Calabria, February 5th, 1783
    25. Earthquakes of the eighteenth century, continued
    26. Magnitude of the subterranean changes produced by earthquakes at great depths below the surface
    Volume II: Preface
    1. Changes of the organic world
    2. Recapitulation of the arguments
    3. Variability of a species
    4. Consideration of the question whether species have a real existence
    5. Laws which regulate the geographical distribution of species
    6. Geographical distribution of animals
    7. Geographical distribution and migration of fish
    8. Theories respecting the original introduction of species
    9. The circumstances which constitute the stations of animals are changeable
    10. Influence of organic causes in changing the habitations of species
    11. Theory of the successive extinction of species
    12. Effects produced by the powers of vitality
    13. Effects produced by the action of animals and vegetable life
    14. Imbedding of organic remains in alluvium and the ruins caused by landslips
    15. Imbedding of organic remains in subaqueous deposits
    16. Imbedding of the remains of man and his works in subaqueous strata
    17. Imbedding of aquatic species in subaqueous strata
    18. Formation of coral reefs
    Volume III:
    1. Connexion between the subjects treated of in the former parts of this work and those to be discussed in the present volume
    2. Arrangement of the materials composing the earth's crust
    3. Different circumstances under which the secondary and tertiary formations may have originated
    4. Chronological relations of mineral masses the first object in geological classification
    5. Classification of tertiary formations in chronological order
    6. Newer Pliocene formations
    7. Marine and volcanic formations at the base of Etna
    8. Speculations on the origin of the Val del Bove on Etna
    9. Origin of the newer Pliocene strata of Sicily
    10. Tertiary formations of Campania
    11. Newer Pliocene freshwater formations
    12. Geological monuments of the older Pliocene period
    13. Crag of Norfolk and Suffolk
    14. Volcanic rocks of the older Pliocene period
    15. Miocene period
    16. Miocene alluviums
    17. Eocene period
    18. Marine formations of the Eocene period
    19. Volcanic rocks of the Eocene period
    20. Eocene formations, continued
    21. Denudation of secondary strata during the deposition of the English Eocene formations
    22. Denudation of the Valley of the Weald, continued
    23. Secondary formations
    24. On the relative antiquity of different mountain-chains
    25. On the rocks usually termed 'primary'
    26. On the stratified rocks usually called 'primary'.

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    Charles Lyell

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