James Dwight Dana

(1813—1895) American naturalist, geologist, and mineralogist

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American mineralogist and geologist, responsible for the term ‘geosyncline’, who proposed that the Earth is contracting as it cools, causing deformation which is concentrated at continental margins on the limbs of geosynclines, thus forming mountains, metamorphic belts, etc.

Subjects: Earth Sciences and Geography.

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