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Worlds Before AdamThe Reconstruction of Geohistory in the Age of Reform$
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Martin J. S. Rudwick

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780226731285

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226731308.001.0001

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The dynamic earth (1818–24)

The dynamic earth (1818–24)

(p.105) Chapter 8 The dynamic earth (1818–24)
Worlds Before Adam
University of Chicago Press

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

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