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You are a proponent of the action of repeated floods to explain various surface features in northern Europe; some of these features may have bearing on a glacial theory and some, such as the origin of valleys, make for a more "complete" flood theory. You support Leonce Elie de Beaumont's theory of mountain-building episodes, which you take to as a plausible cause for episodes of flooding. You are opposed to the steady-state uniformitarianism of Lyell, which you believe is not supported by evidence.

On GoogleEarth Tour pay particular attention to:

  • Edinburgh Crag and Tail
  • Défilé de l'Ecluse
  • Auvergne

Familiarize yourself with the following Episodes:

  • Alpine Revolutions
  • Vindiciae Geologicae - Reliquiae Diluvianae

Read and summarize:

  • Excerpt from the 1831 Presidential Address of the Geological Society of London

Be aware:

  • While you criticize Lyell, he is likewise critical of flood theories and theories of sudden, rapid uplift of mountains.