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William Buckland WILLIAM BUCKLAND
English

Following Cuvier, you argued for a relatively recent geological "revolution" a unique break with the past just prior to the "present order of things" for which you found evidence in various cave deposits and fossils. However, you later converted to an alternative explanation the glacial theory following a visit to the Alps and a tour of Scotland with Louis Agassiz.

On GoogleEarth Tour pay particular attention to:

  • Reliquiae Diluvianae
  • +? Alps?
  • +? Glen Roy?

Familiarize yourself with the following Episodes:

  • Paris
  • Vindiciae Geologicae - Reliquiae Diluvianae
  • 1840 Visit to Britain

Read and summarize:

  • Appendix to Vindiciae Geologicae (p.38 of the pdf file)
  • Reliquae Diluvianae, Part 2
  • "On the evidences of glaciers in Scotland and the north of England" (Part 1)

Be aware:

  • There is nothing wrong with having abandoned the diluvial camp in favor of glaciation (in fact it is perhaps entirely to your credit): but your colleague and friend Lyell is not entirely convinced and this might influence you in favor of some "hybrid" theory.