Charles Lapworth

(1842—1920) geologist

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An English geologist, Lapworth was responsible for ending the controversy between Murchison and Sedgwick over the Lower Palaeozoic, by proposing in 1879 that the area in dispute should form a third system, the Ordovician. He also published a classification of graptolites (1873), and worked on the structure of the Scottish Highlands, identifying the Moine thrust.

Subjects: Earth Sciences and Geography.

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