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A Geological Manual

A Geological Manual


Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Earth Science

  • Date Published: May 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108072557

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  • Henry De la Beche (1796–1855) was a geologist who published widely on various aspects of this science and was elected to the Royal Society in 1823. He was involved with the Ordnance Survey maps of Britain, and became president of the Geological Society in 1847. De la Beche was also instrumental in the 1851 opening of two influential institutions: the Museum of Practical Geology and the School of Mines and of Science Applied to the Arts, which were housed on the same site in London. His Geological Manual, first published in 1831, also had French, German and US editions. In this expanded third edition, published in 1833, the work offers a comprehensive survey of multiple aspects of geology. Topics covered include an overview of the Earth, rivers, glaciers, rock types and fossils in France and England, demonstrating the range and depth of geological knowledge in the early nineteenth century.

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    • Date Published: May 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108072557
    • length: 648 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 36 mm
    • weight: 0.81kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Section I:
    1. Figure of the Earth
    2. Density of the Earth
    3. Superficial distribution of land and water
    4. Saltness and specific gravity of the sea
    5. Temperature of the Earth
    6. Temperature of springs
    7. Temperature of the sea and of lakes
    8. Temperature of the atmosphere
    9. Valleys
    10. Changes on the surface of the globe
    11. Classification of rocks
    Section II:
    12. Degradation of land
    13. Rivers
    14. Glaciers
    15. Delivery of detritus into the sea
    16. Action of the sea on coasts
    17. Shingle beaches
    18. Sandy beaches
    19. Tides
    20. Currents
    21. Transporting power of tides
    22. Transporting power of currents
    23. Active volcanos
    24. Extinct volcanos
    25. Mineral volcanic products
    26. Volcanic dykes, etc.
    27. Earthquakes
    28. Hurricanes
    29. Gaseous exhalations
    30. Deposits from springs
    31. Naphtha and asphaltum springs
    32. Coral reefs and islands
    33. Submarine forests
    34. Raised beaches and masses of shells
    35. Organic remains of the modern group
    Section III:
    36. Erratic blocks and gravel
    37. Ossiferous caverns and osseous breccia
    Section IV:
    38. Supracretaceous (tertiary) group
    39. Volcanic action during the supracretaceous period
    Section V:
    40. Cretaceous group (chalk and green sand)
    41. Wealden rocks
    Section VI:
    42. Oolitic group
    Section VII:
    43. Red sandstone group
    Section VIII:
    44. Carboniferous group
    Section IX:
    45. Grauwacke group
    Section X:
    46. Inferior stratified or non-fossiliferous rocks
    Section XI:
    47. Unstratified rocks
    Section XII:
    48. On the mineralogical differences in contemporaneous rocks
    49. On the elevation of mountains
    50. On the occurrence of metals in rocks
    Section XIII:
    51. Organic remains in the supracretaceous blue marl of the south of France
    52. Organic remains in the supracretaceous rocks of Bordeaux and Dax
    53. Gosau fossils
    54. Organic remains of the cretaceous group, of the Wealden rocks of England, of the Oolitic group, of the red or variegated marl, of the muschelkalk, of the red or variegated sandstone, of the Zechstone, of the coal measures, of the carboniferous limestone, of the grauwacke group

  • Author

    Henry Thomas De La Beche

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