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History of Geology

History of Geology

What rocks tell and how we came to understand it

Physician Paracelsus and early Medical Geology

Physician Paracelsus and early Medical Geology

Philippus Theophrastus Aureolus Bombastus von Hohenheim (1493-1541), better known as Paracelsus, is considered one of the most important mystics and physicians of all times.

September 26, 2014 — David Bressan
In Search Of… Darwin’s Cryptids

In Search Of… Darwin’s Cryptids

First bones of this mysterious creature were discovered in 1787 near Rio Lujàn (Argentinia), collected and send to Spain two years later.

September 18, 2014 — David Bressan
Book Review: Island on Fire

Book Review: Island on Fire

Island on Fire: The extraordinary story of Laki, the volcano that turned eighteenth-century Europe dark By Witze, A. & Kanipe, J. PROFILE-BOOKS 224 pages | Hardcover 1st edition | April 2014 ISBN 978-178125-0044   Volcanoes are no unusual sight on Iceland and yet the eruption that started June 8, 1783 in the southern district of [...]

September 15, 2014 — David Bressan
Alexander von Humboldt and the Hand-Beast

Alexander von Humboldt and the Hand-Beast

The German naturalist F. W. H. Alexander von Humboldt (born September 14, 1769-1859) is remembered as great geographer and explorer (maybe his name is even the most common on topographic maps), but his early education focused on mining engineering (and economy, as wished by his mother) and he made some important contributions to geology, for [...]

September 14, 2014 — David Bressan
Happy Birthday Plate-Tectonics !

Happy Birthday Plate-Tectonics !

September 7, marks the anniversary of the publication of an important paper, “Magnetic Anomalies Over Oceanic Ridges” (1964) describes the discovery of parallel stripes of magnetized igneous rocks along the ocean floor.

September 7, 2014 — David Bressan
The real Delving of the Dwarves

The real Delving of the Dwarves

“You fear to go into those mines. The dwarves delved too greedily and too deep“ In European folklore dwarves are often associated with mines and underground treasures, a myth also popularized by author J.

September 5, 2014 — David Bressan
Bat-Pterodactyls

Bat-Pterodactyls

Italian Cosimo Alessandro Collini (1727-1806), at the time chairman of the Cabinet of Curiosities of the principality of Pfalz (Germany), was the first naturalist to speculate about pterodactyls in 1784.

July 23, 2014 — David Bressan
Geologist’s Nightmares

Geologist’s Nightmares

Adventurer Roy Chapman Andrews mentions in an article published in 1922 in the “Asia Magazine” and later in his book “On the Trail of Ancient Man” (1926), a strange creature, said to inhabit the Gobi-desert in Mongolia: “Then the Premier asked that, if it were possible, I should capture for the Mongolian government a specimen [...]

July 16, 2014 — David Bressan
EQLs Vs. UFOs

EQLs Vs. UFOs

“Swamp gas?” Mulder, F.W. in the "X-Files " (1993) Summer is traditionally Silly Season, when newspapers publish strange stories about aliens and monsters again and again to bridge holiday time - and so will July on "History of Geology" be dedicated to frivolous science stories...

July 8, 2014 — David Bressan

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