Grove Karl Gilbert


Related Overviews


More Like This

Show all results sharing this subject:

  • Earth Sciences and Geography


Quick Reference


An officer on the US Geological Survey, Gilbert made studies of Meteor Crater, Arizona, suggesting that it was the product of a collision with an asteroid, and also studied lunar craters. He investigated crustal movements around Lake Bonneville, developing a theory of crustal isostatic compensation (see isostasy). He also distinguished between folded and block-faulted mountains.

Subjects: Earth Sciences and Geography.

Reference entries