The dynamic earth (1818–24)

in Worlds Before Adam

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print July 2008 | ISBN: 9780226731285
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226731308 | DOI:
The dynamic earth (1818–24)

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This chapter discusses studies on the movement of the earth's crust. One of the most contentious issues for deciding the adequacy or inadequacy of actual causes, as a means of explaining all the events recorded in geohistory, was that of movements of the earth's crust. That there had been such movements, and on a huge scale, had long been clear from the folded strata seen in mountain regions. But it was another matter to decide whether this was due to occasional events of great magnitude in the deep past, or to the sum of far smaller movements that might still continue in the present world. The most intensely debated case was that of the so-called Temple of Serapis, in the volcanically active region of the Phlegrean Fields not far from Vesuvius.

Keywords: earth's crust; crustal movements; Temple of Serapis

Chapter.  6317 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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