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History of Geology

History of Geology

What rocks tell and how we came to understand it

Cabinet of Curiosities #3:Awful Changes

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Cabinet of curiosities proudly presents...

This Week Geohistory:

  • November 15, 1835: the "RMS Beagle" arrives to Tahiti, where a geologizing Darwin tests his famous reef-evolution-theory
  • November 14, 1797: Birthday of Sir Charles Lyell, he is best known for introducing uniformitarianism in geology, however he was also interested in the enigmatic origin of Loess, a windblown sediment that Lyell however thought as deposited by rivers and in lakes
  • November 14, 1963: marks the "birthday" of the volcanic island of Surtsey
  • November 13, 1985: A series of lahars triggered by the eruption of the Nevado del Ruiz kill 22.000 people
  • November 11, 1918: World War I ends - the Great War changed landscapes and even mountains forever

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