Jamie Woodward

in The Ice Age

Published in print January 2014 | ISBN: 9780199580699
Published online January 2014 | e-ISBN: 9780191779671 | DOI:

Series: Very Short Introductions


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‘1840’ describes the remarkable year when Louis Agassiz came to England to publicise his glacial theory. With new converts, William Buckland and Charles Lyell, Agassiz presented papers on evidence of the former presence of land ice in Scotland, Ireland, and Wales at the Geological Society in London. Their ideas met with a hostile reception. Roderick Murchison was the main opponent to this new theory. He firmly believed in the drift ice theory. Over time, many British geologists and scientists, including Charles Darwin, became convinced of the presence of glaciers in the highlands, but still refused to countenance a vast ice sheet covering the lowlands as proposed by Agassiz.

Keywords: Louis Agassiz; William Buckland; Charles Darwin; glacial theory; Charles Lyell

Chapter.  3425 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Earth Sciences and Geography

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