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A Stratigraphical System of Organized Fossils

A Stratigraphical System of Organized Fossils
With Reference to the Specimens of the Original Geological Collection in the British Museum


Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Earth Science

  • Date Published: January 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108021159

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  • William Smith (1768–1839) was a civil engineer and canal surveyor known as the 'Father of Geology' who developed and pioneered the concept of stratigraphy. Through his work with canal building Smith become familiar with many different types of rock throughout Britain. He realized that fossils were specific to a certain strata of rock and that rock strata could be identified and correlated by the fossils they contained. Smith used this knowledge to publish the renowned first geological map of Britain in 1815. This volume, first published in 1817, contains Smith's catalogue of his fossil collection for the British Museum. Smith catalogues the fossils according to the rock strata and location in which they were found, together with a brief description of the fossil. This volume was the first published example of rock strata used as a cataloguing principle which demonstrated the practical nature of Smith's system of stratigraphy.

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    • Date Published: January 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108021159
    • length: 150 pages
    • dimensions: 297 x 210 x 8 mm
    • weight: 0.38kg
    • contains: 3 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Geological table of British organized fossils
    London clay
    Green sand
    Portland rock
    Oaktree clay
    Coral rag and pisolite
    Clunch clay and shale
    Kelloways stone
    Forest Marble
    Clay over the upper oolite
    Upper oolite
    Fuller's earth rock
    Under oolite
    Sand and sandstone
    Stratigraphical table of Echini
    Observations on Echini.

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    William Smith

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