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This edition features
• illustrations
• a linked Table of Contents, linked Footnotes, and linked Index


CONTENTS (abridged list)
BOOK I. (Chapters I. to XIII.)
historical sketch of the progress of geology, with a series of essays to show that the monuments of the ancient state of the earth and its inhabitants, which this science interprets, can only be understood by a previous acquaintance with terrestrial changes now in progress, both in the organic and inorganic worlds.
CHAPTER I
Geology defined — Its relation to other Sciences
CHAPTER II.
Oriental and Egyptian Cosmogonies — Doctrines of the Greeks and Romans bearing on Geology
CHAPTER III.
Historical progress of Geology — Arabian Writers — Italian, French, German, and English geologists before the 19th century — Physico-theological school
CHAPTER IV.
Werner and Hutton — Modern progress of the science
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CHAPTER X
Supposed intensity of aqueous forces at remote periods — Erratic blocks — Deluges
CHAPTER XI.
Supposed former intensity of the igneous forces — Upheaval of land — Volcanic action
CHAPTER XII.
Causes of the difference in texture of older and newer rocks — Plutonic and Metamorphic. action
CHAPTER XIII.
Supposed alternate periods of repose and disorder — Opposite doctrine, which refers geological phenomena to an uninterrupted series of changes in the organic and inorganic world, unattended with general catastrophes, or the development of paroxysmal forces

BOOK II. (Chapters XIV. to XXXII.)
observed changes in the inorganic world now in progress: first, the effects of aqueous causes, such as rivers, springs, glaciers, waves, tides, and currents; secondly, of igneous causes, or subterranean heat, as exhibited in the volcano and the earthquake.
CHAPTER XIV.
Aqueous causes — Excavating and transporting power of rivers
CHAPTER XV
Carrying power of river-ice — Glaciers and Icebergs
CHAPTER XVI.
Phenomena of springs
CHAPTER XVII
Reproductive effects of rivers — Deltas of lakes and inland seas
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CHAPTER XLVII.
Imbedding of organic remains in aqueous deposits — Terrestrial plants — Insects, reptiles, birds, quadrupeds
CHAPTER XLVIII.
Imbedding of the remains of man and his works
CHAPTER XLIX.
Imbedding of aquatic animals and plants, both freshwater and marine, in aqueous deposits
CHAPTER L.
Formation of coral reefs

About the Author
"Sir CHARLES LYELL ll, 1st Baronet, Kt FRS (1797 – 1875) was a British lawyer and the foremost geologist of his day. He is best known as the author of Principles of Geology, which popularised James Hutton's concepts of uniformitarianism – the idea that the earth was shaped by slow-moving forces still in operation today. Lyell was a close and influential friend of Charles Darwin." -- Wikipeda

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