Charles Lyell

Charles Lyell

was a British lawyer and the foremost geologist of his day
In attempting to explain geological phenomena, the bias has always been on the wrong side; there has always been a disposition to reason รก priori on the extraordinary violence and suddenness of changes, both in the inorganic crust of the earth, and in organic types, instead of attempting strenuously to frame theories in accordance with the ordinary operations of nature.More Charles Lyell quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
In several sections, both natural in the banks of the Mississippi and its numerous arms, and where artificial canals had been cut, I observed erect stumps of trees, with their roots attached, buried in strata at different heights, one over the other.More Charles Lyell quotes [08/04/2011 05:08:47]
So far from having a materialistic tendency, the supposed introduction into the earth at successive geological periods of life,-sensation,-instinct,-the intelligence of the higher mammalia bordering on reason,-and lastly the improvable reason of Man himself, presents us with a picture of the ever-increasing dominion of mind over matter.More Charles Lyell quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
In the shallow parts of many Swiss lakes, where there is a depth of no more than from 5 to 15 feet of water, ancient wooden piles are observed at the bottom sometimes worn down to the surface of the mud, sometimes projecting slightly above it.More Charles Lyell quotes [08/04/2011 05:08:16]
In the course of this short tour, I became convinced that we must turn to the New World if we wish to see in perfection the oldest monuments of the earth's history, so far at least as relates to its earliest inhabitants.More Charles Lyell quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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