History of Geoscience: Celebrating 50 Years of INHIGEO
The study of the Earth’s origin, its composition, the processes that changed and shaped it over time and the fossils preserved in rocks, have occupied enquiring minds from ancient times. The contributions in this volume trace the history of ideas and the research of scholars in a wide range of geological disciplines that have paved the way to our present-day understanding and knowledge of the physical nature of our planet and the diversity of life that inhabited it.
To mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of the International Commission on the History of Geology, the book features contributions that give insights into its establishment and progress. In other sections authors reflect on the value of studying the history of the geosciences and provide accounts of early investigations in fields as diverse as tectonics, volcanology, geomorphology, vertebrate palaeontology and petroleum geology. Other papers discuss the establishment of geological surveys, the contribution of women to geology and biographical sketches of noted scholars in various fields of geoscience.
Barry J. Cooper, 2017. "Changing reflections on the history of geology", History of Geoscience: Celebrating 50 Years of INHIGEO, W. Mayer, R. M. Clary, L. F. Azuela, T. S. Mota, S. Wołkowicz
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The justification for studying the history of geology is analysed from an Australian perspective. It is considered that history is an essential part of all geological research. With the rise in geological employment, a natural interest in professional history has also developed. A long history of mining in Australia with geological involvement has also led to a greater appreciation of history by local communities. Human understanding of the world is enhanced by studying the history of the earth sciences. Much can be learned by studying the history of geology from an Australian perspective; however, the impact of European ideas...