Principles of Geology (1830)

Principles of Geology (1830)

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Credit: KING'S COLLEGE LONDON/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Principles of Geology. Frontispiece (left) and title page (right) of volume one (1830) of 'Principles of Geology' by the British geologist Charles Lyell (1797-1875). This work established the principle that geological changes acting over long time periods have shaped the landscape. An example is shown in the frontispiece, which shows the columns of the Temple of Serapis at Puzzuoli, Naples, Italy. The dark bands about a third of the way up the columns are due to molluscs burrowing into the marble when volcanic activity lowered the land, evidence that sea levels have risen and fallen over time.

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